Gothic Art

Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, Author, I. Mark Paris, Translator ABRAMS $175 (630p) ISBN 978-0-8109-0631-0
The word ``Gothic'' calls to mind rib vaults and flying buttresses, but this far-reaching reassessment by the inspector general of museums in France traces the movement's influence well beyond the great medieval cathedrals. In architecture, the Gothic style left its stamp on parish churches, city halls, hospitals, belfries, bridges, palaces. Painters from Giotto to Flemish masters such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden crystallized an otherworldly Gothic vision. In precious metalwork, sharp edges gave way to curves and loops, while in tapestry rich ornamentation prevailed. Erlande-Brandenburg organizes this breathtakingly beautiful, large survey by medium (architecture, sculpture, painting, engraving, etc.) and by country, with a section documenting major Gothic buildings with photographs and plans. The somewhat dry text is counterbalanced by exceptional reproductions and photos of rare dramatic power. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
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