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Masons and Sculptors (Medieval Craftsmen Series)

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The glorious heritage of cathedrals and castles in Europe today is the legacy of the medieval masons. The master mason, head of a team of masons, was the medieval equivalent to an architect. He acted as contractor, designer, and engineer, drawing up the plans, gathering the materials together, and erecting the building. He was responsible for the decoration as well, the capitals, bosses, and furnishings, but was also expected to turn his hand to any building work, however menial.

With reference to masons' records, building contracts, and accounts, as well inscriptions, self-portraits, and personal marks, the author discusses who the masons were, how they organised their professional lives, the role of their patrons and how they designed and built the cathedrals and castles. Architectural drawings illustrate the skill involved and manuscript illuminations portray the masons at work, but the best evidence lies in the buildings themselves, the true testimony to their creative talents.

Book News Annotation:

The heritage of cathedrals and castles in Europe today is the legacy of the medieval masons. With reference to mason's records, building contracts and accounts, as well as inscriptions, self-portraits, and personal marks, the author discusses who the masons were, how they organized their professional lives, the role of the patrons, and how they designed and built the cathedrals and castles. Includes architectural drawings, manuscript illuminations, and photographs of the remarkable edifices.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802069160
Author:
Coldstream, Nicola
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Location:
Toronto :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Masonry
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Arts, decorative and crafts
Subject:
Sculptors
Subject:
Stone-masons
Subject:
Stonemasonry.
Subject:
Stonemasonry -- History. .
Subject:
Maðconnerie
Subject:
Maðcons
Subject:
Maðconnerie de pierre
Subject:
Religious buildings
Subject:
Buildings - Religious
Edition Description:
Maðcons Histoire. ., Maðconnerie Histoire. .
Series:
Medieval Craftsmen Series
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
July 1991
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8.49x8.51x.36 in. .50 lbs.

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