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The Gothic Revival : World of Art - Michael Lewis

The Gothic Revival

World of Art

Paperback Published: 6th May 2002
ISBN: 9780500203590
Number Of Pages: 208

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'The Gothic Revival', writes Professor Michael Lewis, 'is more than a fashion craze for pointed arches and pinnacles. During its years of greatest influence, it subjected every aspect of art, belief, society and labour to intense intellectual scrutiny, using the Middle Ages as a platform from which to judge the modern world.' The craze for Gothic Revival architecture spread throughout continental Europe and the USA from the eighteenth century, and shaped the face of Victorian England. It soon outgrew its religious and historical beginnings and was adopted in many countries to serve political or nationalist purposes. Pugin and Barry were two of the many dazzling talents of the nineteenth century; they are associated with many of England's best-known buildings, most notably the Houses of Parliament. The Gothic style demonstrates energetically the confrontation of Western architecture with modernity, applying the inspiration of the medieval cathedral builders to the new engineering ideas of the industrial age. Professor Lewis's rich survey treats individual buildings and broad movements in England, Europe and the USA with fresh authority. This is an invaluable introduction to one of t

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'A good summary of the Gothic Revival in its historic and artistic contexts ... well written and concise ... a quick and lively trip through one of the most important theoretical and stylistic architectural movements of our times' - Journal of Preservation Technology

Introductionp. 6
Medieval Gothic architecture-Cathedrals of Christian Europe-Gothic Survival to 1700
Literaturep. 13
Gothic Revival's beginnings in poetry and drama - gardens and `ruins' - Gothic Revival and 18th century politics - Walpole's Strawberry Hill - the Adam brothers, castellated houses
Romanticismp. 36
`The Sublime and the Beautiful' - Wyatt's Fonthill Abbey and cathedral restorations - scholarship: Carter, Britton, Milner - Gothic style and the church - Scottish baronial style - the United States
Nationalismp. 58
Germany in the 19th century: English gardens and ruins - Goethe, Forster, Schlegel and patriotic scholarship - Schinkel's Gothic phase - Cologne Cathedral - nationalism in Europe
Truthp. 81
Barry, Pugin and the English Houses of Parliament - Pugin's Contrasts and True Principles - The Ecclesiological Society: English church restoration - Gothic Revival in America - Germany, France and the exchange of ideas
Developmentp. 105
Copyism and evolution - Butterfield: colour, pattern and innovation - iron and glass: the Crystal Palace, Oxford Museum - Street and urban churches - Burges and the French style - Belgium and Bethune, the Netherlands and Cuypers - the Gothic architects of Germany
Ironp. 135
New materials for traditional structures - architecture and engineering - Viollet-le-Duc - railway stations: Scott - commercial buildings: Furness - civic buildings
Beautyp. 156
Scott's Albert Memorial - Morris and Webb - domestic Gothic: Godwin, Shaw and the Old English style - Richardson: the Romanesque Revival - France, England and the United States - neo-vernacular Gothic: Lethaby, Scott - liberation and experiment in the new century: Gaudi
Heightp. 185
Collegiate Gothic - the Gothic skyscraper - Gothic Revival and the Bauhaus - the end of the Gothic Revival: modernists and postmodernists
Bibliographyp. 198
List of Illustrationsp. 203
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780500203590
ISBN-10: 0500203598
Series: World of Art
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 6th May 2002
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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