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Early Medieval Architecture (Oxford History of Art)

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The early middle ages were an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Major architectural innovations were made during this time including the medieval castle, the church spire, and the monastic cloister. By avoiding the traditional emphasis on chronological development, Roger Stalley provides a radically new approach to the subject, exploring issues and themes rather than sequences and dates. In addition to analysing the language of the Romanesque, the book examines the engineering achievements of the builders, focusing on how the great monuments of the age were designed and constructed. Ranging from Gotland to Apulia, Stalley explores the richness and variety of European architecture in terms of the social and religious aspirations of the time. Symbolic meanings associated with architecture are also thoroughly investigated. Written with style and humour, the lively text includes many quotations from ancient sources, providing fascinating insight into the way that medieval buildings were created, and in the process enlivening study of this period.

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The early middle ages were an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Major architectural innovations were made during this time including the medieval castle, the church spire, and the monastic cloister. By avoiding the traditional emphasis on chronological development, Roger Stalley provides a radically new approach to the subject, exploring issues and themes rather than sequences and dates. In addition to analysing the language of the Romanesque, the book examines the engineering achievements of the builders, focusing on how the great monuments of the age were designed and constructed. Ranging from Gotland to Apulia, Stalley explores the richness and variety of European architecture in terms of the social and religious aspirations of the time. Symbolic meanings associated with architecture are also thoroughly investigated. Written with style and humour, the lively text includes many quotations from ancient sources, providing fascinating insight into the way that medieval buildings were created, and in the process enlivening study of this period.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-255) and index.

About the Author

Roger Stalley is Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin. His previous books include Architecture and Sculpture in Ireland 1150-1350 (1971), The Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland (1987), Irish High Crosses (1991), and Ireland and Europe in the Middle Ages (1993). He has published over fifty articles on various aspects of medieval sculpture and architecture. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Map 1: Northern Europe

Map 2: Southern Europe

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Christian Basilica

Chapter 2: The Carlingian Renaissance: The Basilica Transformed

Chapter 3: Symbolic Architecture

Chapter 4: Secular Architecture in the Age of Feudalism

Chapter 5: Patron and Builder

Chapter 6: Art and Engineering

Chapter 7: Architecture and Pilgrimage

Chapter 8: Architecture and Monasticism

Chapter 9: The Language of Architecture

Chapter 10: Diversity in the Romanesque Era

Epilogue: The Shadow of Rome

Notes

List of Illustrations

Bibliographic Essay

Introduction

1. The Christian basilica

2. The Carolingian renaissance

3. Symbolic buildings

4. Architecture and pilgrimage

5. Architecture and monasticism

6. Diversity in the Romanesque era

7. The language of architecture

8. Secular architecture in the age of feudalism

9. Art and engineering

10. Patron and Builder

Epilogue: the shadow of Rome

Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192842237
Author:
Stalley, Roger
Author:
Stalley, R. A.
Author:
null, Roger
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Building
Subject:
European
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Architecture | History | Medieval
Subject:
Art and Architecture - History - Medieval
Subject:
Architecture, Medieval -- Europe.
Subject:
Church architecture -- Europe.
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Medieval
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford History of Art (Paperback)
Series Volume:
308
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 color and 107 b/w illus.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.500 x 9.300 in 1.400 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The early middle ages were an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Major architectural innovations were made during this time including the medieval castle, the church spire, and the monastic cloister. By avoiding the traditional emphasis on chronological development, Roger Stalley provides a radically new approach to the subject, exploring issues and themes rather than sequences and dates. In addition to analysing the language of the Romanesque, the book examines the engineering achievements of the builders, focusing on how the great monuments of the age were designed and constructed. Ranging from Gotland to Apulia, Stalley explores the richness and variety of European architecture in terms of the social and religious aspirations of the time. Symbolic meanings associated with architecture are also thoroughly investigated. Written with style and humour, the lively text includes many quotations from ancient sources, providing fascinating insight into the way that medieval buildings were created, and in the process enlivening study of this period.
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