The Rhine: Art and Architecture

The Rhine: Art and Architecture

by Roland Recht
     
 
From its twin sources high in the Swiss Alps to its delta in the North Sea, the Rhine is Europe's most important river -- historically, culturally and artistically. Flowing majestically through the Continent, it serves as a boundary between nations and a unifying force, timelessly conveying spiritual currents as well as merchandise, and inspiring pilgrims, painters,

Overview

From its twin sources high in the Swiss Alps to its delta in the North Sea, the Rhine is Europe's most important river -- historically, culturally and artistically. Flowing majestically through the Continent, it serves as a boundary between nations and a unifying force, timelessly conveying spiritual currents as well as merchandise, and inspiring pilgrims, painters, sculptors, architects, poets, writers and composers.

This superb panorama of the Rhine's artistic landscape shows the river and the cities, villages, cathedrals, monasteries and castles that abound along its course in all their true magnificence. World-renowned masterpieces of painting (such as Grunewald's Isenheim altar), sculpture (the Breisach carved altar) and goldsmiths' work (the shrine of the Three Magi in Cologne) are among the astonishing variety of treasures in every field of art, all gloriously illustrated and knowledgeably described in their historical, art historical and geographical context.

For armchair travelers and connoisseurs who wish to indulge in all that this great river has to offer, no journey could be more rewarding.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Categorizing this handsome volume presents a challenge. While definitely an excellent pretrip resource for those planning a visit to Germany along the Rhine River, it is also a complete and scholarly treatment of the art, architecture, history, landscape, and geography of the Rhine, from its origins in Switzerland to its final destination at the Rhine delta in Holland. Recht (art history, Marc-Bloch Univ., Strasbourg) starts with a discursive history of the development of the culture along the Rhine and also offers a useful discussion of the Rhine's place in European and especially British imagination. He then discusses main historical attractions along the Rhine in such cities as Strasbourg, Colmar, Cologne, Worms, and Heidelberg. The magnificent color photographs of the landscape, artworks, statuary, churches, cathedrals, and castles document the rich legacy of the area. Ancillary materials include excellent indexes of people and places, ground plans for the main churches and cathedrals described, and comprehensive maps. Definitely recommended for larger art history or travel collections as well as collections specializing in German culture and history. Olga B. Wise, Compaq Computer Corp., Austin, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500510582
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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