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Medieval Architecture in Western Europe

From A.D. 300 to 1500

Robert G. Calkins

Publication Date - March 1998

ISBN: 9780195112412

352 pages
Hardcover
7-1/2 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $95.95

This exceptional survey of medieval European architecture is thoroughly illustrated with more than 860 supplementary views and details of the buildings discussed, all in color.

Description

For the first time, instructors of Medieval Architecture have a selective survey that obviates the need to piece together teaching material from several sources. Medieval Architecture in Western Europe: From A.D. 300 to 1500 presents a selection of major monuments of Medieval European architecture in a single volume. Beginning with a study of structural antecedents found in late Roman architecture, the author examines Early Christian borrowings and transformations and selected representative types of Byzantine buildings. The following chapters cover the development of the monastic complex, traditional forms of Northern timber construction, and the contributions of the Carolingian and Ottonian empires. Spanish structures from the seventh century through the tenth century set the stage for the development of the Romanesque style, examined in its various regional manifestations. After identifying the structural sources of Gothic architecture, the author presents the evolving regional Gothic styles, Late Gothic elaborations and innovations, and representative types of secular architecture. The text concludes with an informative chapter on medieval building practices and the tradition of the Master Mason.
Medieval Architecture in Western Europe: From A.D. 300 to 1500 is thoroughly illustrated with plans, sections, diagrams, and photographs, and also includes an IBM-compatible CD-ROM, featuring over 800 supplementary views and details of the buildings discussed, all in color. Filling the gap between general surveys of architectural history and specialized works on specific periods and regions, this book is ideal for introductory courses in Medieval Architecture, but will also satisfy any reader with an interest in the Middle Ages.

About the Author(s)

Robert G. Calkins is a History of Art Professor at Cornell University. He has considerable experience with medieval architecture, having written two other books on this subject, Monuments of Medieval Art and Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. CLASSICAL ANTECEDENTS
    Structure
    Plan and Aesthetic Effects
    Architectural Details and Symbolic Form
    2. EARLY CHRISTIAN BUILDINGS TO A.D. 500
    Early Christian Meeting Places
    The Early Christian Basilica
    Centralized Buildings
    Combined Structures
    3. JUSTINIAN'S BUILDINGS
    Haghia Sophia and Its Precursors
    Other Buildings Under Justinian
    4. LATER BYZANTINE VARIATIONS
    5. EARLY MONASTICISM AND NORTHERN TRADITIONS
    The Growth of Monasticism
    Northern Timber Construction
    Gallo-Roman and Merovingian Buildings
    6. CAROLINGIAN ASSIMILATIONS AND INNOVATIONS
    7. OTTONIAN CONTINUATIONS
    8. VISIGOTHIC, ASTURIAN, MUSLIM, AND MOZARABIC BEGINNINGS IN SPAIN
    9. EARLY ROMANESQUE SOLUTIONS
    10. ROMANESQUE STYLES IN FRANCE
    Developing Romanesque in Burgundy
    Romanesque Pilgrimage Churches
    The Auvergne
    Perigord and Aquitaine
    Cistercian Reactions
    11. OTHER ROMANESQUE VARIATIONS: GERMANY AND ITALY
    Germany
    Italy
    12. ANGLO-SAXON, NORMAN, AND ANGLO-NORMAN ROMANESQUE
    Anglo-Saxon England
    Norman Romanesque
    Anglo-Norman Romanesque
    13. EARLY GOTHIC IN FRANCE
    14. THIRTEENTH-CENTURY GOTHIC IN FRANCE
    15. REGIONAL GOTHIC STYLES
    England
    Germany
    Italy
    16. THE RAYONNANT STYLE IN FRANCE AND EUROPEAN IMITATIONS
    17. LATE GOTHIC ELABORATIONS AND INNOVATIONS
    England: Decorative and Perpendicular Styles
    France: The Flamboyant Style
    Spain: New Variations
    Italy: An Interpretation of Northern Suggestions
    Germany, Prussia, Bohemia: Net Vaults and Cellular Vaults
    18. SECULAR ARCHITECTURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
    19. MEDIEVAL BUILDERS AND BUILDING PRACTICES
    NOTES
    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY