Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/9/23
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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, 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 more 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.
Dr. David Stephenson is an associate professor at the School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart. His work has been exhibited throughout the world and published in numerous publications. Stephenson is the author of Visions of Heaven.
You should keep this in mind with this text, because even though the book is being printed by Princeton, it is entirely possible this volume will follow the same trajectory and end up being prohibitively expensive. That's a shame, because this is a lovely book that is best distributed to a wide audience. If you are interested in Gothic architecture, this book will provide you with great images of the transept crossing vaulting and choir vaulting in full color and with good resolution. A nice touch of the book is that the photos are arranged with essentially the same photographic "framing" in each image, making comparisons between the structures very easy as you move from page to page (see the sample photos above to see what I mean). The images are new, high resolution, and reproduced with good color without being over saturated.
As someone who has visited and photographed many of these structures throughout France, I have been highly amazed at the beauty and emotional impact of the vaulting of Gothic buildings. A good friend of mine, after I had shown her one of my photo albums, laughed and commented that my shots all focused on "roofs and floors." She's probably correct, because in a Gothic structure, that's where a lot of the "action" is. And this volume lets us see some of that action (the vaults) by simply browsing through its pages. Don't miss out on this one.
While you are at it, try adding a few others like it (see below) before they, too, end up out of print. Although I was slightly disappointed that this particular volume is printed on matte paper instead of full gloss, the resolution, color depth, and overall quality of the paper itself make this a minor issue. It probably holds down the cost another ten or twenty dollars, as well. Five stars out of five.
Also Review These Photographic Volumes:
- Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture
- Great Cathedrals
- Great Monasteries of Europe
- Gothic: Architecture - Sculpture - Painting
If you're interested in vaults or simply like to admire beautiful pictures that's the right album!
Wide range of churches photographed.