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Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting Hardcover – November 19, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: hf ULLMANN (November 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833160071
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833160073
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a wonderful book that both inspires and educates. A huge volume covering the Gothic movement in art from the 12th century to the Renaissance, it focuses largely on the development of Gothic architecture, resplendent in well-placed illustrations and photographs that evoke the grandeur of the period. Smaller sections follow on sculpture, painting, stained glass, and gold work. The text is clear and organized, with each chapter authored by German writers and art experts; the translation from German may account for some small editorial errors. Michael Camille's Gothic Art: Glorious Visions (LJ 11/1/96) is perhaps a more general, popular introduction to the topic, but this book is a major text on Gothic art. Highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries.AKaren Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, TX

Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ray TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 10, 2011
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Tolman's book on Gothic art and architecture is rare for two reasons. First, because it is somewhat difficult outside of Europe to locate large-sized, offset print books of medieval architectural and artwork, and second, because when you do, these works are typically hideously expensive to purchase. I am delighted to say that, if you are interested in getting some beautiful, large format photos of medieval art and architecture, this should be your first stop, because you'll not only be extremely pleased with the book, but you'll be able to get it at a discount that shocks the sensibilities, once you look the book over. This book could easily sell for upwards of $100, and people would still purchase it. Now you can get the work for under $20. Its so beautiful and so inexpensive that many people are purchasing second and third copies to give as gifts.

The book is physically massive. It is heavy due to its size, but also because it is printed on high quality gloss paper. The book covers a wide range of primary Gothic sites in Europe (Ste Chappele de Paris, Notre Dame de Paris, the cathedrals at Laon, Soissons, Chartres, and on and on), as well as gothic sculpture, gold work, illuminated manuscripts, and carvings). The associated text helps describe and explain the photos, very helpful if you've not before seen each item (and is particularly helpful on the artwork section at the end of the book). The photos themselves are of excellent quality: you won't feel like you are looking at some cheap "knock off" book as you browse. The photographic camera equipment used on these shoots must almost certainly have been medium-format backs with lenses that I don't even want to guess at their cost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gustave O. Frey on December 27, 2008
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I agree that this series of Toman-edited books is quite impressive. The analysis tends to stick closely to the architectural and aesthetic subjects and the pictures are excellent. The print is too small though and is even smaller in the little vignettes inserted between chapters. The section on the German Gothic offers the most impressive photos. For bigger print and great b&w photos, get Jean Bony's book on French Gothic. Also, Grodecki's book has uncanny photos that will make you dizzy - they are more in focus too so you can actually see the details and feel like you are literally in the cathedral. Otto von Simpson's book on Gothic Architecture is more of a history of Abbot Suger and St. Denis and the book wanders off into an interesting, though puzzling, digression on this subject. James Snyder's book on Medieval Art is also impeccable. I got the earlier edition before he passed on from Amazon at a fraction of the cost of the posthumous edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 7, 2011
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I wanted to know about Gothic cathedrals and other related information before I bought the book and also wanted a lot of colour photographs as well.

In the Amazon review, it seemed that Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting would have everything that I required, which it does and more.

The book has beautifully presented narrative and photography and has stimulated my interest on the subject of gothic architecture. The book also includes art and sculpture linked to these majestic buildings which has broadened my interest.

I will have pleasure from this book for a long time to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snowbunny on August 22, 2012
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As many reviewers have already mentioned, this book is pretty big, and paper quality is nice that it's hard to believe it only costs about $14. It is also mentioned that the prints are relatively small for an easy reading. However, if you are like me who wanted a book for reference for doing some illustrations, then that won't be an issue. As a matter of fact, I really thank the author and editors for sacrificing the text size, rather than the size of photos in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melody on March 15, 2013
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This book arrived in a timely manner. The package was jammed into my mailbox, but the book itself was unharmed. the pages are bright, vibrant, and the pictures are gorgeous. I would recommend this book to any architecture lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lanna on November 2, 2012
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It's a great book, full of architectural details, plants and cuts, so it's easy to understand each detail. It really is better than I was expecting.
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