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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Achim Bednorz Photographer. Courtly splendor and bourgeois pride, religious fanaticism and ascetic seclusion from the world, the search for intimacy: all are mirrored in the art of the Gothic period. Gothic monuments bear witness to a dynamic age, when old values were being redefined, often with great drama and debate.
Here is a richly-illustrated overview of the period's architecture, sculpture, pai Courtly splendor and bourgeois pride, religious fanaticism and ascetic seclusion from the world, the search for intimacy: all are mirrored in the art of the Gothic period.
Here is a richly-illustrated overview of the period's architecture, sculpture, painting, stained glass, and jewelry, from its 12th-century French origins to its early 16th-century conclusion. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Art of Gothic , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 08, Clif rated it really liked it. What the heck, how can you beat that price! I settled back in my reading position slouched, actually and begin to look at the remarkable stonework of Europe between and Realizing that I had no foundation for understanding what I was seeing, I decided to read the entire work, word for word, and now, pages later, I can look at an archivolt, a tympanum, a quatrefoil, a clerestory and, yes, even a flying buttress, with new eyes.
Each reveals the techniques, historical setting and motivations behind the masterworks depicted. While studying the French cathedrals, I found a great website, mapping gothic , that allows you the visitor to roam through all of them by way of panoramic photography where you can pan and zoom high definition images, exploring details that even an actual visit might not allow.
I found that Googling would produce many pictures of the Gothic structures described, but none to compare with those in this book.
The photographer, Achim Bednorz, is a master who brings out details in the lowest light levels. He captures the huge spaces of a cathedral as easily as he does the tiny figures within an altarpiece. There isn't a single photo in the hundreds presented that isn't perfectly exposed and fully revealing. Repeatedly, I would turn a page to be astonished by the magnificence of yet another wondrous item I had not seen before.
This book is a visual joy. I haven't given the book five stars because the text is dense and detailed; something that might deter a casual reader who may prefer simply to browse and dive in on particular items of interest.
There are a few introductory diagrams to acquaint the reader with the component parts of a cathedral, but I found these not detailed enough or comprehensive.
There is a glossary, but it would be wonderful to have the parts of a portal doorway shown because the text takes the reader deeply into architectural terms where one can lose one's way. You can't go through without being awed that these structures have survived so many centuries, wars and earthquakes. It's fun to use Google streetview to see the surroundings today - particularly of the church of St.
Denis in Paris, where the Gothic style began. There are chapters on sculpture, painting and gold-work, but the bulk of the book is about the cathedrals that defined the age. Aug 19, Petra-X rated it it was amazing Shelves: art-photography-craft , reviewed. This is a real coffee table book. It could sit in front of you, decorative in itself, and for more than a year you could look at a page or two every day and marvel at the wonderful architects and buildings of the past and the stunning photographers and their work in the present.
Its the kind of book that only the very, very lucky get given for Christmas. View all 6 comments. Feb 01, Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves: art. Good solid resource for Gothic architecture. Superb introduction. Toman outlines the intellectuals, political, and social pressures in play during the development of Gothic art and architecture in particular.
On one hand there is Abelard, Suger, and St. Bernard battling theology representing the intellectual, monarchy, and pope respectively and on the other there is the French monarchy colluding with the Church to restrain feudal powers. Toman's books have excellent color plates and an architectur Good solid resource for Gothic architecture. Toman's books have excellent color plates and an architectural bias.
Divided geographically and then chronologically to explain the transitions visually and technologically. This tome is THE bible of gothic architecture. It does cover paintings and sculptures of the period as well, but the vast majority of pages are about architecture and chapters are split into regions from Italy to the Germanic regions, Britain, back down to Spain Aug 23, Mike Dixon rated it it was amazing.
For sheer scope this book is impossible to beat and the price keeps coming down. How it is possible to avoid a loss with such high quality reproduction beats me. The large format "coffee table" publication runs to over pages and is crammed with excellent photographs of buildings dating from the beginning of the Gothic Period to the Renaissance.
The buildings are testimony to the brilliance of their age. They put a lie to the ridiculous notion t For sheer scope this book is impossible to beat and the price keeps coming down.
They put a lie to the ridiculous notion that the medieval world was one of squalor, superstition and ignorance. The shift from the rounded Roman arch to the pointed Gothic arch required a leap of genius.
Erecting such slender structures before the advent of reinforced concrete required engineering skills of the highest order. My sole criticism of the book is that the language is clumsy and unintelligible in places.
This may be the result of poor translation. Perhaps the original German is at fault. It is a minor quibble. Five stars. Les photos sont tout aussi magnifiques, mais le contenu est un peu moins solide. This is THE go-to book on all things Gothic. It's mostly architecture obviously but there's also a nice helping of sculpture work and paintings of the period as well. The photographs are fantastic and only help you appreciate all the finer points of the movement more. Interesting reading but I think I will get back to it from time to time.
Read in Dutch A very interesting background on the Gothic era of art. Pepen Liman rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Paolo Maria rated it really liked it May 01, Jella Erhard rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Paul Trapp rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Netsui rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Prahllad rated it liked it Jan 14, Celio rated it really liked it Oct 10, Asura H.
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