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  - indiefishsteak - LibraryThing

I don't remember much about this book, but it was interesting and informative about architecture and art in the middle ages. I was most intrigued by how things were designed to give people a spiritual frame of mind. I think it translates across the board in religions. Good food for thought. Read full review

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In this engagingly original introductory text to art and architecture of the Gothic period, Camille (art history, Univ. of Chicago) eschews a traditional formalistic and iconographic approach. He ... 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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