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Pugin: A Gothic Passion Paperback – 10 Jun 1994

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (10 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300060149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300060140
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 24.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book takes the reader back to the early 19th century and the beginning of the Gothic Revival tradition. We learn how this tradition was a reaction against the industrial revolution and the secularization of society. Pugin reacted against this movement by calling our attention back to the Middle Ages, a world of great faith, intellectual and spiritual integration, and hand craftsmanship. The great pioneers of the Arts and Crafts Movement (Ruskin, Morris, McIntosh, Stickly, Wright) all owe Pugin a great debt of gratitude. The multiple authors deal with various aspects of this multifaceted design genius. Various chapters deal with his early life (he was designing furniture for Windsor Castle at age 15, designing the interiors of the Houses of Parliment in his early 20's!), architecture, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, graphics, etc. The person who kept coming to my mind as I have been reading this book is Mozart. Both were child prodigies. Both were prolific. Both were perfectionists. Both died young. The book is lavishly illustraited with color and black and white photos. The text is well written. The linkage between text and illustraition is consistent and clear. Anyone who is interested in the Arts and Crafts tradition owes it to themselves to read this book. To ignore the contributions of Pugin to the developement of the Arts and Crafts tradition is like building a castle in the air with no foundation.
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This book is a weighty and attractive tome with interesting chapters on Pugin's areas of work. Well illustrated, this is one to delight Pugin fans and fans of the gothic revival
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Book of the Works of A.W.N. Pugin 17 Feb. 2015
By David Arbogast - Published on Amazon.com
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Thus far, I have acquired three books about A.W.N. Pugin - God's Architect: Pugin And The Building Of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill, Pugin by Phoebe Stanton and this book. The first-named book is a biography of the man and, as such, is thorough and complete. Phoebe Stanton's book, although shorter, is more focused on his architectural ouevre and is excellent in its own way. This book is thoroughly focused on all of the design output of Pugin, which is truly amazing. Unlike the other two books this large-format book is profusely illustrated with excellent color photographs. The text is illuminating. Altogether it serves as a superlative addition to the previous two books. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive monograph superior to Stanton's only arch'l 24 Jun. 2016
By Eugene Tenenbaum Reluctant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This comprehensive monograph is far superior to that architectural one by Phoebe Stanton in every respect. It has slightly smaller number of architectural illustrations that former's 166, but of far better quality and comprehensive enough to accurately depict Pugin's architectural oeuvre, which Stanton only focuses on. It has a big format and superior printing in color on excellent smooth paper, while Stanton's one is printed on cheap coarse paper, which may smell of mold/mould, and its 166 black-and-white-only illustrations, mostly photos, many small, have mediocre to poor quality and smaller - often much - size. This monograph includes floor plans of 6 buildings (vs only 2), and its architectural illustrations seem to be also included by Stanton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A key source in the foundation of arts and crafts 29 Sept. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book takes the reader back to the early 19th century and the beginning of the Gothic Revival tradition. We learn how this tradition was a reaction against the industrial revolution and the secularization of society. Pugin reacted against this movement by calling our attention back to the Middle Ages, a world of great faith, intellectual and spiritual integration, and hand craftsmanship. The great pioneers of the Arts and Crafts Movement (Ruskin, Morris, McIntosh, Stickly, Wright) all owe Pugin a great debt of gratitude. The multiple authors deal with various aspects of this multifaceted design genius. Various chapters deal with his early life (he was designing furniture for Windsor Castle at age 15, designing the interiors of the Houses of Parliment in his early 20's!), architecture, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, graphics, etc. The person who kept coming to my mind as I have been reading this book is Mozart. Both were child prodigies. Both were prolific. Both were perfectionists. Both died young. The book is lavishly illustraited with color and black and white photos. The text is well written. The linkage between text and illustraition is consistent and clear. Anyone who is interested in the Arts and Crafts tradition owes it to themselves to read this book. To ignore the contributions of Pugin to the developement of the Arts and Crafts tradition is like building a castle in the air with no foundation.
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