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The Gothic Cathedral : Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order - Otto Georg Von Simson

The Gothic Cathedral

Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order

Paperback Published: 21st July 1988
ISBN: 9780691018676
Number Of Pages: 368

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This essay seeks to understand Gothic architecture as an image, more precisely, as the representation of supernatural reality. To those who designed the cathedrals, as to their contemporaries who worshiped in them, this symbolic aspect or function of sacred architecture overshadowed all others. To us, it has become the least comprehensible.

"The Gothic Cathedral is the most stimulating and comprehensive work on the subject to date... If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr. von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human existence... The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical tour de force."--Allan Temko, The New York Times Book Review "Not since Mont-St.-Michel and Chartres has so poetic and so evocative a study of the Gothic movement been published... The Gothic Cathedral is based on a wide factual as well as intuitive knowledge, transformed by the author's illuminating style into a text both formidable and pleasurable."--The Virginia Quarterly Review

ISBN: 9780691018676
ISBN-10: 0691018677
Series: Bollingen Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 21st July 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.92  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised