Universe of Stone Universe of Stone

Universe of Stone

Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic

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Publisher Description

“[A] lively biography of Chartres Cathedral . . . Ball’s account of its construction reveals fascinating details.” —The New Yorker

Chartres Cathedral, south of Paris, is revered as one of the most beautiful and profound works of art in the Western canon. But what did it mean to those who constructed it in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries—and why was it built at such immense height and with such glorious play of light, in the soaring manner we now call Gothic?

In this work, Aventis Prize winner and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Philip Ball makes sense of the visual and emotional power of Chartres and brilliantly explores how its construction—and the creation of other Gothic cathedrals—represented a profound and dramatic shift in the way medieval thinkers perceived their relationship with their world.

Beautifully illustrated, filled with astonishing insight, Universe of Stone embeds the magnificent cathedral in the culture of the twelfth century—its schools of philosophy and science, its trades and technologies, its politics and religious debates—enabling us to view this ancient architectural marvel with fresh eyes.

“A terrific book . . . a lucid, thoughtful tour de force.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Engrossing . . . a resplendent account of the mysteries of Chartres Cathedral.” —Sunday Times

“There is no better introduction to the subject.” —The Wall Street Journal

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2009
March 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
338
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
8.5
MB

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