The Creation of Gothic Architecture: an Illustrated Thesaurus. The Ark of God. Volumes IV and V

The Creation of Gothic Architecture: an Illustrated Thesaurus. The Ark of God. Volumes IV and V

The Evolution of Foliate Capitals in the Paris Basin: the formal capitals 1130-1170

John James


West Grinstead Publications



No serious art-historical library should be without it. (The publisher) is to be congratulated for taking on this epic venture. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE.
The fifty years between 1130 and 1180 produced some of the most original and evocative capitals of the middle ages - a period that was largely responsible for the evolution of the Gothic style. But despite the fact that many are hard to examine in situ and are often too dark to observe closely, they have rarely been published before. These volumes will therefore be widely welcomed. The 7,600 illustrations they contain cover, in large and exquisite detail, nearly every capital; they include the multitude of works in the great cathedrals and abbeys of the time, including Chartres, Laon, Noyon, Paris, Saint-Denis, Senlis and Sens. The staggering range of individual creativity shows a culture able to reinvent itself in a rare and exciting way.

The publication of the fourth and fifth volumes in the sequence completes the photographic archive of foliate carving from the Paris Basin during the formative two centuries in which architecture and the techniques of building were transformed. They are also the foundation for subsequent volumes which will establish a chronology for Early Gothic architecture and sculpture, as well as technological developments in rib vaults and construction methods.

Dr JOHN JAMES is a world authority on medieval architecture, and author of over sixty books and articles.


August 2008
7600 black and white illustrations
1752 pages
29.7x21 cm
Creation of Gothic Architecture
ISBN: 9780975742525
Format: Hardback
West Grinstead Publications
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