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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
Published July 1st 2004 by Konemann (first published March 28th 1999)
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Petra X
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.
Nov 06, 2007 Xonrad rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Mike Dixon
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
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
Vivian Archer
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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