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Every day millions of people enter public buildings of many forms and functions: Notre-Dame in Paris, Central Station in New York; the British Museum in London, that are decorated with recessed doorways. None of them is likely to be aware that this style of decoration has been continuously employed for ...
Crossing the Threshold: Architecture, Iconography and the Sacred Entrance
Every day millions of people enter public buildings of many forms and functions: Notre-Dame in Paris, Central Station in New York; the British Museum in London, that are decorated with recessed doorways. None of them is likely to be aware that this style of decoration has been continuously employed for 6500 years in temples, royal palaces, tombs, churches, synagogues and modern public buildings, becoming a symbol of the divine and of a place of worship. During this very long period, from the ancient Near East until today, the world has undergone immense changes, but the concept of the recessed opening was never forgotten or abandoned. What is the secret of its longevity? This unique cultural edifice is not only about architecture, but is a language that defines social order and relations with the ruling power and authorities. These, sometimes highly decorated and elaborate, sometimes simple and understated, thresholds in fact functioned on two communicative levels: first, as a liminal marker demarcating a sacred area and second, to emphasize the social order, as few were permitted to pass through. In this book the history of this eternal symbol is presented for the first time through text, figures and photographs. The authors consider historical, anthropological, sociological, religious and economic factors that reflect the significance of crossing these iconic thresholds according to the concept of the longue duree.
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85.31 USD

Crossing the Threshold: Architecture, Iconography and the Sacred Entrance

by Yosef Garfinkel, Madeleine Mumcuoglu
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This unique publication, catalogue of the Holy See Pavilion at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, presents ten chapels designed by ten of the most important contemporary architects whose work was inspired by the chapel in the forest built in the Stockholm Cemetery, in 1920, by the ...
Vatican Chapels
This unique publication, catalogue of the Holy See Pavilion at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, presents ten chapels designed by ten of the most important contemporary architects whose work was inspired by the chapel in the forest built in the Stockholm Cemetery, in 1920, by the famous architect Gunnar Asplund. The chapel is defined as a place of orientation, encounter, and meditation created in a natural setting of a vast woodland and regarded as a metaphor of the pilgrimage of life. In light of this, the architects of the Holy See Pavilion have worked without following the commonly recognized reference models, as the number and variety of the projects presented illustrates.
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36.750000 USD

Vatican Chapels

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The magical qualities of stained glass have an enduring appeal, but church windows tend to be ignored as a form of creative and artistic expression. How to Look at Stained Glass is a fresh, unstuffy guide, which explores the medium by themes, patterns, designs, and effects. Using an A-Z format ...
How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England
The magical qualities of stained glass have an enduring appeal, but church windows tend to be ignored as a form of creative and artistic expression. How to Look at Stained Glass is a fresh, unstuffy guide, which explores the medium by themes, patterns, designs, and effects. Using an A-Z format to reveal a multitude of fascinating details - all the way from apples to zig-zags - it makes looking at gloriously colourful, artistically important windows entertaining and rewarding. This layman's guide requires no previous historical, artistic or religious knowledge and the A-Z miscellany is in keeping with the pot-luck mix of windows to be found in most churches. It covers all the major periods and styles from medieval to modern, Victorian to post-war, eighteenth century to Arts and Crafts, figurative to abstract, and examines the fascinating and evolving iconography of stained glass. Illustrated in black & white and colour and with a list of the top 30 places to see outstanding examples, How to Look at Stained Glass is all that is needed to make sense of and enjoy the array of stained glass windows in the churches of England.
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22.17 USD

How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England

by Jane Brocket
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In the mid-twentieth century, American Catholic churches began to shed the ubiquitous spires, stained glass, and gargoyles of their European forebears, turning instead toward startling and more angular structures of steel, plate glass, and concrete. But how did an institution like the Catholic Church, so often seen as steeped in ...
American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975
In the mid-twentieth century, American Catholic churches began to shed the ubiquitous spires, stained glass, and gargoyles of their European forebears, turning instead toward startling and more angular structures of steel, plate glass, and concrete. But how did an institution like the Catholic Church, so often seen as steeped in inflexible traditions, come to welcome this modernist trend? Catherine R. Osborne's innovative new book finds the answer: the alignment between postwar advancements in technology and design and evolutionary thought within the burgeoning American Catholic community. A new, visibly contemporary approach to design, church leaders thought, could lead to the rebirth of the church community of the future. As Osborne explains, the engineering breakthroughs that made modernist churches feasible themselves raised questions that were, for many Catholics, fundamentally theological. Couldn't technological improvements engender worship spaces that better reflected God's presence in the contemporary world? Detailing the social, architectural, and theological movements that made modern churches possible, American Catholics and the Churches of Tomorrow breaks important new ground in the history of American Catholicism, and also presents new lines of thought for scholars attracted to modern architectural and urban history.
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58.01 USD

American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975

by Catherine R. Osborne
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'Exquisite ... A wonderment of an essay about a wonderment of a building' Paul Preston Its scaffolding-cloaked spires reach up to the heavens, dominating the Barcelona skyline and drawing in millions of visitors every year. What seduces our attention is perhaps a combination: not only its almost megalomaniac ambition and ...
The Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Heaven on Earth
'Exquisite ... A wonderment of an essay about a wonderment of a building' Paul Preston Its scaffolding-cloaked spires reach up to the heavens, dominating the Barcelona skyline and drawing in millions of visitors every year. What seduces our attention is perhaps a combination: not only its almost megalomaniac ambition and architectural extravagance but the sheer longevity of its construction. Its creator, Antoni Gaudi, 'God's Architect', saw the first stone laid on 19 March 1882 and yet it is unlikely to be completed until 2026 at the very earliest. It has survived two World Wars, the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and the 'Hunger Years' of Franco's rule. It has defied the critics, the penny-pinching accountants, the conservative town-planners and the slaves to sterile modernism to witness the most momentous changes in society and history. The Sagrada Familia explores the evolution of this remarkable building, working through the decades right up to the present day before looking beyond to the final stretch of its construction. It is at once a guidebook and a chronological history, and a moving and compelling study of man's aspiration towards the divine. Rich in detail, vast in scope, this is a revelatory and authoritative study of a building and its place in history and the genius that created it.
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18.75 USD

The Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Heaven on Earth

by Gijs van Hensbergen
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Never Stop Looking Up 2018-2019 Weekly Planner: Motivational Quote Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Galaxy Design
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9.420000 USD

Never Stop Looking Up 2018-2019 Weekly Planner: Motivational Quote Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Galaxy Design

by Pretty Planners
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1,000 Years of Scottish Churches: Churches from before the Reformation to 1700
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18.69 USD

1,000 Years of Scottish Churches: Churches from before the Reformation to 1700

by John Hume
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Sketchbook: Dreamcatcher Black Book, 8.5 X 11 Blank Paper for Drawing and Sketching, Artist Sketchbook for Sketching, Journaling, Drawing and Creative Doodling
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8.390000 USD

Sketchbook: Dreamcatcher Black Book, 8.5 X 11 Blank Paper for Drawing and Sketching, Artist Sketchbook for Sketching, Journaling, Drawing and Creative Doodling

by Dora S Mitchell
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Temples: Architecture Journal
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8.390000 USD

Temples: Architecture Journal

by Anthony R Carver
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Planner 2019: Flamingo Donut Unicorn - Weekly Calendar Schedule Organizer with Dot Grid Pages, Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists - Summer Print
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9.420000 USD

Planner 2019: Flamingo Donut Unicorn - Weekly Calendar Schedule Organizer with Dot Grid Pages, Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists - Summer Print

by Summer Lovers, Pretty Planners
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2019 Weekly Planner: Marble 8.5 X 11 in Weekly View 2019 Planner Organizer with Dotted Grid Pages + Motivational Quotes + To-Do Lists Watercolor Floral
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9.420000 USD

2019 Weekly Planner: Marble 8.5 X 11 in Weekly View 2019 Planner Organizer with Dotted Grid Pages + Motivational Quotes + To-Do Lists Watercolor Floral

by Marble Planners, Pretty Planners
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Churches: Architecture Journal
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8.390000 USD

Churches: Architecture Journal

by Anthony R Carver
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2019 Weekly Planner: Gold Constellation 8.5 X 11 in Weekly View 2019 Organizer with Bonus Dotted Grid Pages + Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists Beautiful Space Galaxy
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9.420000 USD

2019 Weekly Planner: Gold Constellation 8.5 X 11 in Weekly View 2019 Organizer with Bonus Dotted Grid Pages + Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists Beautiful Space Galaxy

by Galaxy Diaries, Pretty Planners
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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41.950000 USD

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

by Pino Shah
Hardback
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Never Stop Looking Up 2018-2019 Academic Planner: Inspirational Quote Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Galaxy Design
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8.370000 USD

Never Stop Looking Up 2018-2019 Academic Planner: Inspirational Quote Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Galaxy Design

by Student Diaries, Pretty Planners
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Smile Sparkle Shine Academic Planner 2018-2019: Motivational Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Gold Glitter Effect
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9.420000 USD

Smile Sparkle Shine Academic Planner 2018-2019: Motivational Aug 2018 - July 2019 Weekly View to Do Lists, Goal-Setting, Class Schedules + More Gold Glitter Effect

by Student Planners, Pretty Planners
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For Pug's Sake: 2019 Weekly Monthly Planner Organizer - 6x9 - Pug Dog Lovers
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9.420000 USD

For Pug's Sake: 2019 Weekly Monthly Planner Organizer - 6x9 - Pug Dog Lovers

by Pug Gifts, Pretty Planners
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Planner 2019: Pineapple + Flamingo - Weekly Calendar Schedule Organizer with Dot Grid Pages, Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists - Tropical Summer
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9.420000 USD

Planner 2019: Pineapple + Flamingo - Weekly Calendar Schedule Organizer with Dot Grid Pages, Inspirational Quotes + To-Do Lists - Tropical Summer

by Designer Diaries, Pretty Planners
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Synagogues: Architecture Journal
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8.390000 USD

Synagogues: Architecture Journal

by Anthony R Carver
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The Monastery of San Marco
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11.540000 USD

The Monastery of San Marco

by Georgina Sarah Godkin
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The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church
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9.440000 USD

The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church

by Alexander Hamilton Thompson
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**Pointing persistently to heaven: A guide to UK cathedrals** Power, glory, bloodshed, prayer: cathedrals in the UK are as much about human drama as spiritual sanctuary, as much about political wrangling as religious fervour. From Christian beginnings in the Middle Ages through Reformation, Renaissance and Modernity, the great cathedrals of ...
Cathedrals of Britain: London and the South East
**Pointing persistently to heaven: A guide to UK cathedrals** Power, glory, bloodshed, prayer: cathedrals in the UK are as much about human drama as spiritual sanctuary, as much about political wrangling as religious fervour. From Christian beginnings in the Middle Ages through Reformation, Renaissance and Modernity, the great cathedrals of Britain have been both battleground and place of quiet reflection; created for the glory of God for sure, but also for the glory of men. There s a litany of great deeds and a list of secrets tied up in our national cathedrals and all are revealed within our guides, the ideal companions to the stories behind the greatest cathedrals of all. Whether you are travelling to view the buildings themselves or being an armchair enthusiast, let us take you on a journey. **Book Two: London and the South East** Four out of six of the cathedrals in this book were created for God and the Church of Rome, five now answer to the Queen of England. And the seventh isn t in fact a cathedral at all, though you ll see why it takes its place among these hallowed buildings. From tiny timber churches that grew into magnificent cathedrals, from a Catholic faith turned Protestant, the story of these cathedrals, some of the foremost in Britain, is tumultuous, awe-inspiring and splattered with violence. They count among their numbers the oldest cathedral in England and the oldest religious sites in Britain. Many were established in the glory days of cathedral building under the rule of William the Conqueror from the 11th century. But their foundations go back much earlier; to small churches, priories and monasteries. Some may have been Roman temples. Pre-dating that, it s likely many were Pagan shrines and places of worship.
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22.17 USD

Cathedrals of Britain: London and the South East

by Bernadette Fallon
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An immensely rich visual culture has always existed in modern-day Iran and the surrounding regions from late antiquity, often shaped by encounters with different zones of contact and patronised by ruling elites and dynasties with a myriad of artistic and cultural traditions, needs and agendas. This book explores these encounters ...
Persian Art: Image-Making in Eurasia
An immensely rich visual culture has always existed in modern-day Iran and the surrounding regions from late antiquity, often shaped by encounters with different zones of contact and patronised by ruling elites and dynasties with a myriad of artistic and cultural traditions, needs and agendas. This book explores these encounters and the art they produced. Covering the multifaceted aspects of art, architecture and material culture of the Persian cultural realm, it encompasses West Asia, Anatolia, Central Asia and South Asia. Each chapter examines the historical, religious or scientific role of visual culture in the shaping, influencing and transforming of distinctive Persian aesthetics across the various historical periods, ranging from pre-Islamic, through the medieval and early modern Islamic period, to modern times.
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145.04 USD

Persian Art: Image-Making in Eurasia

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Imi Knoebel: Reims
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76.79 USD

Imi Knoebel: Reims

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Outgrowth of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Otago) under the title: Influence on medieval church architecture of love for God: a theological approach.
The Architecture of Medieval Churches: Theology of Love in Practice
Outgrowth of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Otago) under the title: Influence on medieval church architecture of love for God: a theological approach.
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179.16 USD

The Architecture of Medieval Churches: Theology of Love in Practice

by John Lewis
Hardback
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Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the early 1500s, Franciscan, Dominican, and Augustinian friars fanned out across the central and southern areas of the country, founding hundreds of mission churches and monasteries to evangelize the Native population. This book documents more than 120 of these remarkable sixteenth-century sites in ...
Early Churches of Mexico: An Architect's View
Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the early 1500s, Franciscan, Dominican, and Augustinian friars fanned out across the central and southern areas of the country, founding hundreds of mission churches and monasteries to evangelize the Native population. This book documents more than 120 of these remarkable sixteenth-century sites in duotone black-and-white photographs. Virtually unknown outside Mexico, these complexes unite architecture, landscape, mural painting, and sculpture on a grand scale, in some ways rivaling the archaeological sites of the Maya and Aztecs. They represent a fascinating period in history when two distinct cultures began interweaving to form the fabric of modern Mexico. Many were founded on the sites of ancient temples and reused their masonry, and they were ornamented with architectural murals and sculptures that owe much to the existing Native tradition-almost all the construction was done by indigenous artisans. With these photos, Spears celebrates this unique architectural and cultural heritage to help ensure its protection and survival.
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47.250000 USD

Early Churches of Mexico: An Architect's View

by Beverley Spears
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The Victorians built tens of thousands of churches in the hundred years between 1800 and 1900. Wherever you might be in the English-speaking world, you will be close to a Victorian built or remodelled ecclesiastical building. Contemporary experience of church buildings is almost entirely down to the zeal of Victorians ...
Unlocking the Church: The lost secrets of Victorian sacred space
The Victorians built tens of thousands of churches in the hundred years between 1800 and 1900. Wherever you might be in the English-speaking world, you will be close to a Victorian built or remodelled ecclesiastical building. Contemporary experience of church buildings is almost entirely down to the zeal of Victorians such as John Henry Newman, Samuel Wilberforce and Augustus Pugin, and their ideas about the role of architecture in our spiritual life and well-being. In Unlocking the Church, William Whyte explores a forgotten revolution in social and architectural history and in the history of the Church. He details the architectural and theological debates of the day, explaining how the Tractarians of Oxford and the Ecclesiologists of Cambridge were embroiled in the aesthetics of architecture, and how the Victorians profoundly changed the ways in which buildings were understood and experienced. No longer mere receptacles for worship, churches became active agents in their own rights, capable of conveying theological ideas and designed to shape people's emotions. These church buildings are now a challenge: their maintenance, repair or repurposing are pressing problems for parishes in age of declining attendance and dwindling funds. By understanding their past, unlocking the secrets of their space, there might be answers in how to deal with the legacy of the Victorians now and into the future.
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32.40 USD

Unlocking the Church: The lost secrets of Victorian sacred space

by William Whyte
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The glorious fifteenth-century Rosslyn Chapel is one of Scotland's most extraordinary architectural masterpieces. Founded by Sir William St Clair, third Prince of Orkney, and inspired by the great Gothic cathedrals he had seen in France, the chapel has remained in the ownership of the St Clair family for over 550 ...
Rosslyn Chapel
The glorious fifteenth-century Rosslyn Chapel is one of Scotland's most extraordinary architectural masterpieces. Founded by Sir William St Clair, third Prince of Orkney, and inspired by the great Gothic cathedrals he had seen in France, the chapel has remained in the ownership of the St Clair family for over 550 years. Built entirely in stone, its many carvings include Christian imagery, representations of the pagan Green Man and the earliest recorded stone carving of the medieval Dance of Death, the 'Danse Macabre'. Rosslyn Chapel also looks into the myths and legends associated with the building and the family, who have been connected at various points in history to mysterious groups, such as the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. The authors explore the fascinating and intertwined histories of the St Clair family and their chapel. They focus on more than the building's ancient past, noting the impact of Hollywood and the chapel's newfound publicity after it was shot as a location in The da Vinci Code, as well as the recent major conservation project it has undergone. Beautifully illustrated with new and specially-commissioned photography, Rosslyn Chapel will be the ultimate souvenir of a visit, and essential reading for those who wish to explore this intriguing Chapel further.
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42.66 USD

Rosslyn Chapel

by The Earl and Countess of Rosslyn
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The art of the Sistine Chapel, decorated by artists who competed with one another and commissioned by popes who were equally competitive, is a complex fabric of thematic, chronological, and artistic references. Four main campaigns were undertaken to decorate the chapel between 1481 and 1541, and with each new addition, ...
The Sistine Chapel - Paradise in Rome
The art of the Sistine Chapel, decorated by artists who competed with one another and commissioned by popes who were equally competitive, is a complex fabric of thematic, chronological, and artistic references. Four main campaigns were undertaken to decorate the chapel between 1481 and 1541, and with each new addition, fundamental themes found increasingly concrete expression. One theme in particular plays a central role in the chapel: the legitimization of papal authority, as symbolized by two keys-one silver, one gold-to the kingdom of heaven. The Sistine Chapel: Paradise in Rome provides a concise, informative account of the decoration of the Sistine Chapel. In unpacking this complex history, Ulrich Pfisterer reveals the remarkable unity of the images in relation to theology, politics, and the intentions of the artists themselves, who included such household names as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Through a study of the main campaigns to adorn the Sistine Chapel, Pfisterer argues that the art transformed the chapel into a pathway to the kingdom of God, legitimising the absolute authority of the popes. First published in German, the prose comes to life in English in the deft hands of translator David Dollenmayer.
34.04 USD

The Sistine Chapel - Paradise in Rome

by David Dollenmayer, Ulrich Pfisterer
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Mosques are among the greatest architectural feats and have a profound beauty: their spiritual purpose adds to their mystery and lustre. This visually stunning volume illustrates the development of the basic mosque structural and decorative elements through sixty examples including the most venerated, such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, ...
Mosques: Splendors of Islam
Mosques are among the greatest architectural feats and have a profound beauty: their spiritual purpose adds to their mystery and lustre. This visually stunning volume illustrates the development of the basic mosque structural and decorative elements through sixty examples including the most venerated, such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain; the Imam Mosque of Isfahan, Iran; and Istanbul s Suleymaniye Mosque along with such innovative new expressions as Doha s Abu al-Qabib Mosque. Mosques from Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America, North Africa and the sub-Sahara, the Middle East, and Russia and the Caucasus are showcased, from their origins in Mecca and Medina through their major stylistic transformations under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires up to the present. Stunning original and archival photographs show striking exterior and interior views as well as adjacent gardens and fountains that grace these magnificent structures. Essays by prominent architecture and design authorities cover topics such as the iconographic and decorative elements of the mosque, including the calligraphy and tilework that adorn these important sanctuaries, as well as regional architecture styles. This important volume is a must for those interested in architecture and design, as well as lovers of Islamic art.
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93.85 USD

Mosques: Splendors of Islam

by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Leyla Uluhanli
Hardback
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