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Medieval Architecture

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Medieval architecture comprises much more than the traditional image of Gothic cathedrals and the castles of chivalry. A great variety of buildings--synagogues, halls, and barns--testify to the diverse communities and interests in western Europe in the centuries between 1150 and 1550. This book looks at their architecture from an entirely fresh perspective, shifting the emphasis away from such areas as France towards the creativity of other regions, including central Europe and Spain. Treating the subject ...
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Overview


Medieval architecture comprises much more than the traditional image of Gothic cathedrals and the castles of chivalry. A great variety of buildings--synagogues, halls, and barns--testify to the diverse communities and interests in western Europe in the centuries between 1150 and 1550. This book looks at their architecture from an entirely fresh perspective, shifting the emphasis away from such areas as France towards the creativity of other regions, including central Europe and Spain. Treating the subject thematically, Coldstream seeks out what all buildings, both religious and secular, have in common, and how they reflect the material and spiritual concerns of the people who built and used them. Furthermore, the author considers how and why, after four centuries of shaping the landscapes and urban patterns of Europe, medieval styles were superseded by classicism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192842763
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/18/2002
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 764,656
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Coldstream taught medieval art history for many years before becoming a deputy editor on the Grove 'Dictionary of Art', with responsibility for medieval architecture. She then edited the Soundtrack Gallery Guide at the National Gallery, London. Her books include 'Masons and Sculptors' (1991) and 'The Decorated Style. Architecture and Ornament, 1240-1360' (1994). She has published many articles on medieval architecture, decoration, and furnishings. She is now an independent scholar and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction
Part I
Chapter 1: 'What we now vulgarly call the Gothic'
Chapter 2: Structure and Design Chapter 3: Patron and Builder
Part II
Introduction Chapter 4: Architectural Space Chapter 5: Symbolic Architecture: Representation and Association Chapter 6: Innovation and Commemoration Chapter 7: The Future that Arrives Notes Further Reading Timeline Museums and Websites List of Illustrations Index
I
Introduction
1. 'What we now vulgarly call the Gothic'
2. Structure and Design
3. Patron and Builder
II
Introduction
4. Architectural Space
5. Symbolic Architecture: Representation and Association
6. Innovation and Commemoration
7. The Future that Arrives Notes Further Reading Timeline Museums and Websites List of Illustrations Index
I
Introduction
1. 'What we now vulgarly call the Gothic'
2. Structure and Design
3. Patron and Builder
II
Introduction
4. Architectural Space
5. Symbolic Architecture: Representation and Association
6. Innovation and Commemoration
7. The Future that Arrives Notes Further Reading Timeline Museums and Websites List of Illustrations Index

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