The Gothic World, 1100-1600

The Gothic World, 1100-1600

A Survey of Architecture and Art

Book - 1950
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Publisher: London, New York : Batsford, [1950]
Characteristics: xii, 160 p. illus., maps. 27 cm

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Sep 15, 2016

This is a general survey of architecture produced in the Gothic style (including the Curvilinear, Perpendicular, and Flamboyant sub-styles) during the half-millennium from 1100-1600, the craftsmen who produced it and the techniques they employed. Despite the subtitle, Harvey does not deal with other forms of art, with the exception of a few descriptions of ornamental sculpture.

Overall, this serves as a useful corrective to certain romantic nineteenth century notions about Gothic, but it is itself now somewhat out of date (the pointed arch, for example, is no longer regarded as an importation from the East). The discussion of artistic styles and techniques of craftsmanship occasionally gets drowned in details of names, places, and dates. Likewise, the author shows a certain amount of patriotic prejudice towards the English contribution to Gothic culture. These minor problems are more than compensated for, however, by nearly 300 photographs of buildings and artwork from the period.

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