The Rhine: Art and Architecture

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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 ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500510582
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 502,576
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
The River 13
Forces of Nature and Works of People: Origins and Development of the Rhine Landscape 13
River of History: Towns, Countries, Borders 14
European Waterway: Roads, Bridges and Shipping 17
Tourism on the Rhine: Pilgrims, Artists and Travellers 19
River of the Soul: Mystics, Humanists and Romantics 23
Art in the Rhineland 26
History of Art, Geography of Art 26
The Early Middle Ages and Romanesque Art 30
Gothic Art and the End of the Middle Ages 42
From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution 59
Rhine Journey: Art, Landscapes and Monuments along the Rhine 73
The Alpine Rhine: From the Source Rivers of the Vorderrhein and Hinterrhein to Lake Constance 75
Disentis 76
Zillis 78
Via Mala 80
Thusis 81
Rhazuns 82
Domat/Ems 84
Chur 86
Bad Ragaz 92
Vaduz in Liechtenstein 93
Lake Constance Rhine: Konstanz and Reichenau Island 95
Kreuzlingen 96
Konstanz 98
Reichenau Island 107
Schloss Arenenberg 114
The High Rhine: From Stein am Rhein to the Gates of Basel 117
Stein am Rhein 118
Schaffhausen 126
Rheinau 134
Zurzach 136
Augusta Raurica 138
The Upper Rhine: From Basel to Mainz 141
Basel 142
Ottmarsheim 154
Thann 156
Murbach 159
Freiburg 161
Breisach 167
Colmar 173
Selestat 187
Strasbourg 190
Baden-Baden 211
Rastatt 212
Karlsruhe 216
Bruchsal 218
Heidelberg 220
Mannheim 223
Schwetzingen 224
Speyer 229
Limburg an der Haardt 233
Worms 234
Lorsch 239
Oppenheim 240
Mainz 242
The Middle Rhine: The 'romantic Rhine' between Mainz and Cologne 253
Eberbach monastery church 254
Bingen 256
Lorch 257
Bacharach 258
Kaub 260
Boppard 262
Koblenz 265
Maria Laach 268
Andernach 271
Schwarzrheindorf 272
Siegburg 274
Bonn 276
Bruhl 278
Cologne 285
The Lower Rhine and the Delta 321
Brauweiler 322
Dusseldorf 324
Neuss 332
Xanten 334
Kalkar 337
Nijmegen 340
Utrecht 343
Rotterdam 344
Delft 346
Appendices 353
Map 354
Ground Plans 355
Bibliography 367
Geographical and General Index 369
Index of People 375
Illustration Credits 380
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    Journey along the Rhine

    This is a beatiful book. It has more than 350 color photographs. The castles, cathedrals, and villages are all described in this book. Take a journey from Switzerland to Germany to the Netherlands.

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