Medieval Art; From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350 Volume 5970

Medieval Art; From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350 Volume 5970

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...every part of the fabric was gathered up into a tense stone skeleton. This resulted in, or was itself occasioned by, another ideal which aimed at i44 LANTERNS OF GLASS turning the whole inactive wall-space into windows, so that the cathedral became a vast lantern of tracery; then, by picturing the spaces by means of transparent jewels of glass, the interior was lighted by angels and saints innumerable. In the porches and screens were placed hundreds of statues, all parts of a connected scheme, an encyclopaedia of Nature, History, and Theology. We must remember, too, that these Gothic buildings were not few and unrelated; cathedral towers rose over strong town walls, and crowded, many-gabled houses, while outwards the country was so closely set over with fair abbeys and villages that the voice of the bells was heard from church to church as they called to one another throughout the whole of Christendom. Moreover, the ritual had been perfected by the daily practice of a thousand years, and was linked to a music that belonged to it as the blast of trumpets belongs to war. All were parts of a marvellous drama, the ceremonial life of a people. If we seek for causes for the formation of Gothic art out of its immediate antecedent, we shall find the first and chief in the general historical facts of the period. In such a time of growth and consolidation a corresponding change in the arts must follow. The transition in architecture coincides with great changes in the constitution of town communities and the status of the workman. Romanesque architecture, outside Italy at least, was monastic and feudal, and the builders were attached to the soil. Gothic on the other hand, is the architecture of towns, guilds, and masters who were free to pass from place to...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495470
  • 9781236495471