Gothic Art: Glorious Visions

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Abrams, 1996 - Art - 192 pages
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When we look at the soaring spaces of Chartres cathedral or the shimmering pages of a gilded and painted manuscript, we are witnesses to a new kind of vision. In this radical reappraisal of Gothic art in Europe, the word "Gothic" describes not only an art style but a changing concept of space, time, and society - a new kind of perception, both visual and spiritual, in which light is of central importance. Camille shows us how the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries was seen in its own time and explores the way vision itself was understood. In this age of glorious painting, magnificent, intricate architecture and sculpture, and jewellike manuscript illumination, art was an expression of religious passion and earthly power, of public and private wealth; of science and learning.

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User Review  - Batsap - Goodreads

Never having read a book on art or architecture before, I found this suitably easy to understand and very engaging. The meanings of technical architectural terms were explained, so I didn't feel out ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

I enjoy Gothic painting and looking at French Gothic architecture but learning about the the sculptural programs on some of these buildings was more than I could handle. There are only so many times a ... Read full review


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Michael Camille is Mary J. Block Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.

Adrian Rifkin is Professor of Visual Culture and Media at Middlesex University.

The editors have both published widely in art history and visual culture, and have contributed significantly to current discourses in gay and queer theory and dialogues and debates about sexuality.

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