Helmer Aslaksen

Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (71 of 74)
Location: Singapore
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Churches: Explore the symbols, learn the language &hellip by Timothy Brittain-Catlin
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book covers an amazing range of topics, and I learned a lot. The author takes an original approach, and covers some unusual topics. He has for instance an interesting discussion of church architecture in other European countries. Unfortunately, this is a short book, and the discussion sometimes becomes very brief. When he wrote about things that I already knew a bit about, I sometimes felt that the discussion could have been improved. I also wish that he could have had more figures to explain some of the architectural terms. And for a color-blind reader, some of the colored pages were hard to read. But I enjoyed the book and learned a lot.
Cathedral: The English Cathedrals and the World Th&hellip by Jon Cannon
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This book taught me a lot about the history of the English Cathedral, and the relationship between their history and architecture. I learned a lot, but it's not an easy read. The 500 pages actually form two books, first a chronological and thematic section, and then a description of all the medieval cathedrals. This leads to some overlap, but sometimes he also tells part of the story in the first section and part of the story in the second section. I did not know a lot about the history before I read it, and several times things only made sense to me when I read the second version in the section about the individual cathedrals. He has some cross references, but it would have been nicer with… Read more
Guided by a Stonemason: Cathedrals, Abbeys and Chu&hellip by Thomas Maude
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is a joy to read. If you are looking for a first book to read on Church architecture, it will give you a very pleasant introduction. And if you have read a few books already, I'm sure you will still pick up some new knowledge thanks to his practical hands-on understanding of Gothic architecture. His discussion of the different types of vaults is one of the best I've ever seen. When art historians discuss mechanical issues like that, I sometimes get a bit confused.