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Medieval Architecture in Western Europe From AD 300 to 1500 by Robert G. Calkins

Medieval Architecture in Western Europe From AD 300 to 1500


Medieval Architecture in Western Europe From AD 300 to 1500 by Robert G. Calkins

Medieval Architecture in Western Europe covers the entire period of European Medieval architecture from c. 300 to c.1500. It offers a basic introduction with appropriate plans, sections, and photographs, all in one single volume. Concerned about the perceived gap in current art history books in regards to medieval architecture, the author is careful to examine selected major monuments, incorporating just the right amount of detail to provide the basic information needed to learn about each type of building, and to impart a sense of continuity and development of structure, form, and function across Europe and through the different periods of the Middle Ages. The author explores the contextual role of the buildings in their settings and the symbolic impact of both exterior and interior forms, paying particular attention to their experiential qualities. The book is heavily illustrated with photographs, plans, sections, and diagrams. Remarkably thorough in its coverage, Medieval Architecture in Western Europe will not only appeal to the general reader who has little or no prior knowledge of medieval architecture, but will also keep the interest of those who are more knowledgeable about the subject.


The design of this series is satisfyingly put together for the reader and the picture browser, and this volume makes a useful contribution to the needs of both...there are gems to be found, insights to be enjoyed, and the whole is presented on a broad and inclusive canvas Volume 10, Issue 4 The Art Book

About the Author

Robert G. Calkins is a History of Art Professor at Cornell University. He has considerable experience with medieval architecture, having written two other books on this subject, Monuments of Medieval Art and Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages.

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Publication date

1st January 1998


Robert G. Calkins

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Oxford University Press Inc


Mixed media product
Contains 1 Hardback and 1 CD-ROM
352 pages


Theory of architecture
History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400



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