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Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting

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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 ...more
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Published July 1st 2004 by Konemann (first published March 28th 1999)
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Petra Eggs
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.
Xonrad
Nov 06, 2007 Xonrad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: architecture/art lovers
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.... and everywhere in between taking note of the periods too.
Clif
Feb 08, 2013 Clif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Browsing in the used book room of the local library, I spotted this heavy, thick book filled with marvelous photography for $6. 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 1150 and 1450. Realizing that I had no foundation for understanding what I was seeing, I decided to read the entire work, word for word, and now, 500 pages later, I can look at an archivolt, a tympanum, a q
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Mike Dixon
Aug 23, 2013 Mike Dixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For sheer scope this book is impossible to beat and the price keeps coming down. I have seen it in bookshops for as little as $15. How it is possible to avoid a loss with such high quality reproduction beats me.
The large format "coffee table" publication runs to over 500 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
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Mi
Dec 25, 2015 Mi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Much like Baroque: Theatrum Mundi. The World as a Work of Art, this ridiculously heavy book is perfect for any lover of Gothic architecture. While I adore the Baroque one, I must say that I like this one a tad more. They are pretty much the same quality-wise and both deliver beautiful photographies.

Yet, I have a preference for the Gothic style which automatically makes this book a tad more interesting to me. As with the Baroque, it is not the same as standing in front of the actual buildings - b
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Vivian
Feb 01, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Good solid reasource 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 architectu
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Aurélie
Je l'ai un peu moins apprécié que son équivalent pour l'art roman, alors que je préfère l'art gothique par ailleurs... Les photos sont tout aussi magnifiques, mais le contenu est un peu moins solide.
Mais je pinaille, car il s'agit tout de même d'un excellent manuel pour tout étudiant en histoire de l'art.
Sarah
Jan 01, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
Read in Dutch
A very interesting background on the Gothic era of art.
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Originally, Rolf Toman wanted to become a teacher but he spent the years following his second state exam working as a publishing editor at a large international publishing house. From 1992 onwards, he worked as an independent publisher for various international publishing houses. Publications on art history epochs were at the center of his work.
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