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The Gothic Cathedral: Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order (Bollingen Series) Paperback – 21 Jul 1988

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Expanded edition (21 July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691018677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691018676
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not since Mont-St.-Michel and Chartres has so poetic and so evocative a study of the Gothic movement been published. . . . "The Gothic Cathedral" is based on a wide factual as well as intuitive knowledge, transformed by the author's illuminating style into a text both formidable and pleasurable. -- The Virginia Quarterly Review


Not since Mont-St.-Michel and Chartres has so poetic and so evocative a study of the Gothic movement been published. . . . "The Gothic Cathedral" is based on a wide factual as well as intuitive knowledge, transformed by the author's illuminating style into a text both formidable and pleasurable. -- "The Virginia Quarterly Review

"The Gothic Cathedral" is the most stimulating and comprehensive work on the subject to date. . . . If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr. von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human existence. . . . The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical tour de force.--Allan Temko "The New York Times Book Review "


"The Gothic Cathedral" is the most stimulating and comprehensive work
on the subject to date. . . . If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr.
von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of
twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious
experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human
existence. . . . The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical
tour de force.
--Allan Temko "The New York Times Book Review "

""The Gothic Cathedral" is the most stimulating and comprehensive work on the subject to date. . . . If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr. von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human existence. . . . The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical tour de force."--Allan Temko, "The New York Times Book Review"

"The Gothic Cathedral is the most stimulating and comprehensive work on the subject to date. . . . If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr. von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human existence. . . . The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical tour de force."--Allan Temko, The New York Times Book Review

"Not since Mont-St.-Michel and Chartres has so poetic and so evocative a study of the Gothic movement been published. . . . The Gothic Cathedral is based on a wide factual as well as intuitive knowledge, transformed by the author's illuminating style into a text both formidable and pleasurable."--The Virginia Quarterly Review

-The Gothic Cathedral is the most stimulating and comprehensive work on the subject to date. . . . If the cathedrals are to be understood, Mr. von Simson rightly declares, they must be seen not in the light of twentieth-century esthetic observation, but of twelfth-century religious experience, through which the supernatural permeated every aspect of human existence. . . . The resulting interpretation of the monuments is a critical tour de force.---Allan Temko, The New York Times Book Review

-Not since Mont-St.-Michel and Chartres has so poetic and so evocative a study of the Gothic movement been published. . . . The Gothic Cathedral is based on a wide factual as well as intuitive knowledge, transformed by the author's illuminating style into a text both formidable and pleasurable.---The Virginia Quarterly Review

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This essay seeks to understand Gothic architecture as an image, more precisely, as the representation of supernatural reality. To those who designed the cathedrals, as to their contemporaries who worshiped in them, this symbolic aspect or function of sacred architecture overshadowed all others. To us, it has become the least comprehensible.



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