Medieval Architecture

Medieval Architecture

by Nicola Coldstream
     
 

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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,

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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 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how and why, after four centuries of shaping the landscapes and urban patterns of Europe, medieval styles were superseded by classicism.

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"Nicola Coldstream deftly balances the practical and productive impulses that went into the making of medieval architecture with its use of space, and its political and sacred meanings. The result is a clear, thought-provoking, and well-structured account."—Paul Crossley, Courtauld Institute of Art

"The most eye-opening treatment of a difficult subject for students. The section on geometry and masons is outstanding."—Nancy R. Thomas, Ph.D., Jacksonville University

"Excellent— particularly the photos, drawings and plans."—Don Kalec, Professor, Institute of Chicago, Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192842763
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/18/2002
Series:
Oxford History of Art Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,478,368
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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