A study of the arts of the church from the early Christian basilica, the Byzantine domed churches, to the Gothic cathedral. Concentrates on the arts of Italy,Byzantium,Germany,and France from the 4th century to the late Gothic period. The main emphasis is on the continuities as well as the changes in traditions of architecture, narrative arts and iconic presentations.
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Published jointly by Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams Inc. Broad in scope, this volume discusses the arts of the church -- architecture, sculpture, manuscript illumination, and sumptuary arts -- in Italy, Byzantium, Germany, and France from the 4th to the 14th centuries -- including Early Christian, Byzantine, Pre-Romanesque Hiberno-Saxon, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic art.From School Library Journal:
YA-- From the catacombs of Rome to the rise of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, this book documents a remarkable, but often ignored, period in art history. Snyder's account is a fascinating, comprehensive text on that period. The preface explains the time frame of the book and Snyder's use of the church as ``theatre of the arts'' because it was ``the one unifying factor in European culture'' during those times. Using the church as focus, he demonstrates how changes in painting, sculpture, and ecclesiastical architecture reflect man's progress in pre-Renaissance Europe. The beauties of illuminated manuscript, Romanesque sculptural decoration, and Gothic stained glass are carefully described in context. Excellent comparative diagrams of architectural floor plans and copious photographs and maps provide good visual documentation. There is a wealth of reference material here for students of history and art history. --Jenni Elliott, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
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