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Rosslyn Chapel: An Icon Through the Ages [Hardcover]

Angelo Maggi
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18 Aug 2008
The mysterious and charismatic Rosslyn Chapel has captured the imagination of the public since it was built in the 15th century with visitors continuing to flock to this beautiful building, intrigued by the myths and romance that surround it. Angelo Maggi has written a fascinating and accessible account of the chapel's history and architecture, as well as looking at its reputation as an icon of spirituality. Thoroughly researched, the narrative uses first-hand sources from throughout its history, highlighting its changing status over the years. It has gone from a place of prayer to a ruin during the Reformation, through its controversial reconstruction in the 19th century, and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland.This book is a visual treat with stunning images of the chapel and its many intricate carvings. It features many depictions of the chapel from artists as diverse as Daguerre and Ruskin and features the work of major early photographers such as Hill and Adamson.

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (18 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841587249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841587240
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Angelo Maggi is an Italian scholar and authority on the Chapel who collaborated with Lady Rosslyn on 'Rosslyn: Country of Painter and Poet', a major exhibition on Rosslyn in the National Gallery of Scotland. An expert on the architecture of Rosslyn - which was the feature of his PhD thesis - he lectured at the Edinburgh College of Art and is now based in Italy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but slight disappointment 13 Jun 2009
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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There is little doubt that Angelo Maggi has produced a lavishly illustrated book in 'Rosslyn Chapel:An Icon Through the Ages'. There are many excellent reproductions from paintings and photographs taken of this stunning building throughout it's history. The author has done much research about the construction and history of this endlessly fascinating chapel and it is always an interesting read. I must admit though that I was slightly disappointed when I received this book and I will explain why.

Quite simply, I expected there to be a lot more discussion about the many carvings that fill the chapel and was even more disappointed at the lack of illustrations of the said carvings. Many of the illustrations are repeated in some form and mainly show the structure of the chapel. Maybe I am being churlish as there is no question that this is a generally very well produced book and well worth purchasing for anyone with an interest in Rosslyn Chapel. In no way do I regret buying this fine book and if it featured more on the carvings then I would definitely have given it five stars.
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