Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture

Heavenly Vaults From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture The Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages are among the world s greatest architectural achievements Looking up at the soaring vaulted ceiling of a Gothic church it is impossible not to marvel at the s

  • Title: Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture
  • Author: David Stephenson
  • ISBN: 9781568988405
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages are among the world s greatest architectural achievements Looking up at the soaring vaulted ceiling of a Gothic church, it is impossible not to marvel at the seemingly unending design variations of these transcendent structures Photographer David Stephenson, author of our best selling book of dome photography Visions of Heaven, coThe Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages are among the world s greatest architectural achievements Looking up at the soaring vaulted ceiling of a Gothic church, it is impossible not to marvel at the seemingly unending design variations of these transcendent structures Photographer David Stephenson, author of our best selling book of dome photography Visions of Heaven, continues his exploration of the architecturally sublime by focusing his camera on the amazing vaulted ceilings of the medieval churches, cathedrals, and basilicas of Europe Stephenson presents than eighty Romanesque and Gothic vaults in kaleidoscopic photographs that reveal their complex geometrical structures, decorative detailing, and ornamental painting in ways they have never before been seen From simple arched stone tunnels, or so called barrel vaults, to quadripartite and sexpartite rib vaults, to intricate tierceron and lierne vaults with their added decorative ribs, to complicated net, fan, and diamond vaults of the late Gothic period, Stephenson s visual taxonomy of this ancient structural form is strikingly beautiful and showcases numerous varieties across time and location In an accompanying essay, the author charts the history of the vault and explains its technological developments A foreword by photography curator Isobel Crombie puts Stephenson s work in context.

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    1. Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture by David Stephenson takes you on a journey through medieval churches, basilicas and cathedrals in England, France, Spain, Italy, and other European countries.The photography by Stephenson is stunning. You will recognize the perspective immediately if you have ever wandered through an old cathedral with your head tipped back, staring straight up at the arching stonework overhead. The sense of height captured in the pictures is re [...]

    2. A gorgeous book consisting mostly of photographs of Gothic cathedral vaults, ranging from the more famous cathedrals (e.g the Pantheon in Rome, Westminster Abbey in London, Chartres Cathedral in Northern France) and lesser-knows cathedrals (e.g Lincoln Cathedral in England, and the Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile in Albi, France). The introductory essay is fantastic, and the concluding essay provides an interesting account of the construction of the vaults, the progressions of different styles withi [...]

    3. A lovely coffee table book full of pictures of ceilings of Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals. Very lovely, but after a while they all start to look the same. Also, the last section is called "Gothic Vaults: The Geometry of Transcendence." I was hoping that there would be a discussion of the mathematics involved in crating these sturctures, but saldly there was not. This probably won't bother you, but there it is.

    4. Beautiful large photographs of the vaults of inspiring romanesque and gothic churches in many European countries; 30 page essay at the end. It would make a great coffee table book.

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