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English Medieval Misericords - The Margins of Meaning (Paperback): Paul Hardwick English Medieval Misericords - The Margins of Meaning (Paperback)
Paul Hardwick
R521 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R50 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Misericord carvings present a fascinating corpus of medieval art which, in turn, complements our knowledge of life and belief in the late middle ages. Subjects range from the sacred to the profane and from the fantastic to the everyday, seemingly giving equal weight to the scatological and the spiritual alike. Focusing specifically on England - though with cognisance of broader European contexts - this volume offers an analysis of misericords in relation to other cultural artefacts of the period. Through a series of themed "case studies," the book places misericords firmly within the doctrinal and devotional milieu in which they were created and sited, arguing that even the apparently coarse images to be found beneath choir stalls are intimately linked to the devotional life of the medieval English Church. The analysis is complemented by a gazetteer of the most notable instances. Paul Hardwick is Professor in English, Leeds Trinity University College.

Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans - Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries (Hardcover): Deborah Burst Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans - Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries (Hardcover)
Deborah Burst; Foreword by Anne Rice
R676 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R146 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Recording a church - an illustrated glossary (Paperback, 3 Ed): Thomas Cocke Recording a church - an illustrated glossary (Paperback, 3 Ed)
Thomas Cocke
R169 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R9 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive glossary which provides clear definitions of over 500 terms used to describe church architecture and furniture. An invaluable reference for use in the field and for all those who have to describe ecclesiastical buildings.

Building Jerusalem - Jewish Architecture in Britain (Hardcover): Sharman Kadish Building Jerusalem - Jewish Architecture in Britain (Hardcover)
Sharman Kadish
R1,189 R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Save R636 (53%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Guru Nanak - Teachings and Architectural Legacy in Pakistan (Paperback): Umair Zia Guru Nanak - Teachings and Architectural Legacy in Pakistan (Paperback)
Umair Zia; Abdul Rehman
R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
San Vincenzo al Volturno 2 - The 1980-86 Excavations Part II (Paperback): Richard Hodges San Vincenzo al Volturno 2 - The 1980-86 Excavations Part II (Paperback)
Richard Hodges
R979 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R154 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume presents the second part of the detailed report on the British School at Rome's excavations between 1980 and 1986 at the early medieval Benedictine abbey of San Vincenzo in Molise, central Italy. It contains discussion of the Vestibule, the Assembly Room containing the reconstructed wall of painted prophets, the Refectory, the terraces, the hilltop cemetery, and the late Roman settlement. It also includes essays on the historical context of the site: `Christians and countrymen' (Samuel Barnish) , `Monastic lands and monastic patrons' (Chris Wickham) , and `San Vincenzo and the Plan of Saint Gall' (Richard Hodges) .

The Golden Lands - Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam (Hardcover): Vikram Lall The Golden Lands - Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam (Hardcover)
Vikram Lall
R1,815 R1,370 Discovery Miles 13 700 Save R445 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings
Over the course of its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has found expression in countless architectural forms, from the great monastic complexes of ancient India to the fortified "dzongs" of Bhutan, the rock-carved temple grottoes of China, the wooden shrines of Japan, and the colorful "wats" of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Architecture of the Buddhist World, a projected six-volume series by the noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall, represents a new multidisciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture.
The first volume in the series, "The Golden Lands," is devoted to Southeast Asia, home to many of the most spectacular Buddhist monuments. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures. Lall's concise and accessible text is illustrated throughout with new color photography, as well as 3-D architectural renderings that make even the most complex structures easily comprehensible.
The monuments that Lall considers in "The Golden Lands" range from the modest Bupaya stupa, constructed in Bagan, Myanmar, in the third century AD, to the vast complex of Borobudur in Central Java, the world's largest Buddhist monument; his achievement is to place them all within a single panorama of history, religion, and artistic innovation.
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San Vincenzo al Volturno 1 - The 1980-86 Excavations, Part 1 (Paperback): Richard Hodges San Vincenzo al Volturno 1 - The 1980-86 Excavations, Part 1 (Paperback)
Richard Hodges
R917 R777 Discovery Miles 7 770 Save R140 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first of a number of volumes describing the 1980-86 excavations at the early medieval Benedictine abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno in central Italy. This volume gives a general introduction to this important project, a description of the archaeological remains, and then detailed accounts of the excavation of the Carolingian Crypt Church, the South Church', the Refectory, the Garden Court and the Entrance Hall. Also included is a reappraisal of the cycle of paintings in the crypt in the light of the excavations.

Sancian ALS Tor Nach China - Kaspar Castners Bericht Uber Das Grab Des Heiligen Franz Xaver (English, German, Hardcover):... Sancian ALS Tor Nach China - Kaspar Castners Bericht Uber Das Grab Des Heiligen Franz Xaver (English, German, Hardcover)
Thierry Meynard, Gerd Treffer
R952 R871 Discovery Miles 8 710 Save R81 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mosques in Calcutta (with Colour Photographs) (Hardcover): Pijush Kanti Roy Mosques in Calcutta (with Colour Photographs) (Hardcover)
Pijush Kanti Roy
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Historic Churches, Synagogues & Spiritual Places of Eastern Maine (Paperback): Jim Harnedy, Jane Diggins Harnedy Historic Churches, Synagogues & Spiritual Places of Eastern Maine (Paperback)
Jim Harnedy, Jane Diggins Harnedy
R402 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Beginning with the Native American tribes of the Wabanaki Alliance, the people of Maine have created religious institutions and spiritual traditions that have endured for hundreds of years. After the arrival of Europeans, Christianity and Judaism began to spread, and dozens of congregations were formed. Their history lives not only in the spectacular structures built to honor the deities but also in the people who came together to celebrate, mourn and worship. From the earliest Native American peoples to the congregations of today, local authors Jim and Jane Diggins Harnedy document the religious history of Acadia, Greater Bangor and Way Down East.

Mosques - Splendors of Islam (Hardcover): Leyla Uluhanli Mosques - Splendors of Islam (Hardcover)
Leyla Uluhanli
R1,515 R1,121 Discovery Miles 11 210 Save R394 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mosques are among the greatest architectural feats and have a profound beauty: their spiritual purpose adds to their mystery and lustre. This visually stunning volume illustrates the development of the basic mosque structural and decorative elements through sixty examples including the most venerated, such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain; the Imam Mosque of Isfahan, Iran; and Istanbul s Suleymaniye Mosque along with such innovative new expressions as Doha s Abu al-Qabib Mosque. Mosques from Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America, North Africa and the sub-Sahara, the Middle East, and Russia and the Caucasus are showcased, from their origins in Mecca and Medina through their major stylistic transformations under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires up to the present. Stunning original and archival photographs show striking exterior and interior views as well as adjacent gardens and fountains that grace these magnificent structures. Essays by prominent architecture and design authorities cover topics such as the iconographic and decorative elements of the mosque, including the calligraphy and tilework that adorn these important sanctuaries, as well as regional architecture styles. This important volume is a must for those interested in architecture and design, as well as lovers of Islamic art.

Cathedral - The Story Of Its Construction (Paperback): David Macauley Cathedral - The Story Of Its Construction (Paperback)
David Macauley
R260 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a magnificent Gothic cathedral in the imaginary French town of Chutreaux during the thirteenth century.


Asinou across Time - Studies in the Architecture and Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus (Hardcover, New): Annemarie... Asinou across Time - Studies in the Architecture and Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus (Hardcover, New)
Annemarie Weyl Carr, Andreas Nicolaides, Gilles Grivaud, Ioanna Kakoulli, Sophia Kalopissi-Verti
R1,656 R1,517 Discovery Miles 15 170 Save R139 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Built around 1100, the church of Asinou in Cyprus is decorated with accretions of images, from the fresco cycle executed shortly after construction to those made in the 17th century. This volume sets Asinou's art and architecture in the context of the surrounding area's changing fortunes under Byzantine and Ottoman rule.

San Lorenzo - A Florentine Church (Hardcover): Robert W Gaston, Louis A. Waldman San Lorenzo - A Florentine Church (Hardcover)
Robert W Gaston, Louis A. Waldman
R2,178 R1,978 Discovery Miles 19 780 Save R200 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This comprehensive, interdisciplinary collection illuminates many previously unexplored aspects of the Basilica of San Lorenzo's history, extending from its Early Christian foundation to the modern era. Brunelleschi's rebuilt Basilica, the center of liturgical patronage of the Medici and their grand-ducal successors until the nineteenth century, is today one of the most frequently studied churches in Florence. Modern research has tended, however, to focus on the remarkable art and architecture from ca. 1400-1600. In this wide-ranging collection, scholars investigate: the urban setting of the church and its parish; San Lorenzo's relations with other ecclesiastical institutions; the genesis of individual major buildings of the complex and their decorations; the clergy, chapels and altars; the chapter's administration and financial structure; lay and clerical patronage; devotional furnishings, music, illuminated liturgical manuscripts, and preaching; as well as the annual or ephemeral festal practices on the site. Each contribution offers a profound exploration of its topic, wide-ranging in its chronological scope. One encounters here fresh archival research, the publication of relevant documents, and critical assessments of the historiography. San Lorenzo is represented in this volume as a living Florentine institution, continually reshaped by complex historical forces.

Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains - Architecture, Religion, and Nature in the Central Himalayas (Hardcover): Nachiket... Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains - Architecture, Religion, and Nature in the Central Himalayas (Hardcover)
Nachiket Chanchani; Series edited by Padma Kaimal, K. Sivaramakrishnan, Anand A. Yang
R1,472 R1,189 Discovery Miles 11 890 Save R283 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From approximately the third century BCE through the thirteenth century CE, the remote mountainous landscape around the glacial sources of the Ganga (Ganges) River in the Central Himalayas in northern India was transformed into a region encoded with deep meaning, one approached by millions of Hindus as a primary locus of pilgrimage. Nachiket Chanchani's innovative study explores scores of stone edifices and steles that were erected in this landscape. Through their forms, locations, interactions with the natural environment, and sociopolitical context, these lithic ensembles evoked legendary worlds, embedded historical memories in the topography, changed the mountain range's appearance, and shifted its semiotic effect. Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains also alters our understanding of the transmission of architectural knowledge and provides new evidence of how an enduring idea of India emerged in the subcontinent. Art History Publication Initiative. For more information, visit http://arthistorypi.org/books/mountain-temples-and-temple-mountains

The Kaaba Orientations - Readings in Islam's Ancient House (Hardcover): Simon O'Meara The Kaaba Orientations - Readings in Islam's Ancient House (Hardcover)
Simon O'Meara
R2,405 R1,999 Discovery Miles 19 990 Save R406 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the Ka'ba and why it is pivotal to the Islamic world? Why do pilgrims go about it, not in it? Is it empty? And why is a hollow building covered in black silk? The most sacred site of Islam, the Ka'ba (the granite cuboid structure at the centre of the Great Mosque of Mecca) is here investigated by examining six of its predominantly spatial effects: as the qibla (the direction faced in prayer); as the axis and matrix mundi of the Islamic world; as an architectural principle in the bedrock of this world; as a circumambulated goal of pilgrimage and site of spiritual union for mystics and Sufis; and as a dwelling that is imagined to shelter temporarily an animating force; but which otherwise, as a house, holds a void.

Stow Church Restored (Hardcover): Mark Spurrell Stow Church Restored (Hardcover)
Mark Spurrell
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stow Church in Lincolnshire is one of the most interesting Anglo-Saxon Churches in England. These documents record its restoration in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - The Crusader Lining of an Early Christian Basilica (Hardcover): Bianca Kuhnel, Gustav... The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - The Crusader Lining of an Early Christian Basilica (Hardcover)
Bianca Kuhnel, Gustav Kuhnel
R1,204 R1,091 Discovery Miles 10 910 Save R113 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Coptic Monasteries Art and Architecture of Early Christian Egypt (Hardcover): Gawdat Gabra Coptic Monasteries Art and Architecture of Early Christian Egypt (Hardcover)
Gawdat Gabra; Introduction by Tim Vivian
R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Egypt, the birthplace of communal monasticism, has a rich store of monasteries and monastic art. Coptic Monasteries takes the reader on a tour of the best preserved and most significant of these ancient religious centers, documenting in exhaustive detail the richness and the glory of the Coptic heritage.An informative introduction by Tim Vivian brings to life the early Christian era, with background information on the origins of the Coptic Church as well as its rites and ceremonies, sketches of some of monasticism's founding figures, and accounts of some of the difficulties they faced, from religious schism to nomadic attacks. Gawdat Gabra's expert commentary, complemented by almost one hundred full-color photographs of newly restored wall paintings and architectural features, covers monasteries from Aswan to Wadi al-Natrun. Ranging across a thousand years of history, Gabra's observations will make any reader an expert on the composition and content of some of Egypt's most outstanding religious art, the salient architectural features of each monastery, as well as the ongoing process of restoration that has returned much of their original vibrancy to these works. A unique and invaluable historical record, Coptic Monasteries is equally an in-depth, on-the-spot guide to these living monuments or an armchair trip back in time to the roots of one of the world's oldest Christian traditions.

Gaudi. The Complete Works (Hardcover): Rainer Zerbst Gaudi. The Complete Works (Hardcover)
Rainer Zerbst 1
R1,173 R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Save R237 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The life of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was full of complexity and contradictions. As a young man he joined the Catalonian nationalist movement and was critical of the church; toward the end of his life he devoted himself completely to the construction of one single spectacular church, La Sagrada Familia. In his youth, he courted a glamorous social life and the demeanor of a dandy. By the time of his death in a tram accident on the streets of Barcelona his clothes were so shabby passersby assumed he was a beggar. Gaudi's incomparable architecture channels much of this multifaceted intricacy. From the shimmering textures and skeletal forms of Casa Batllo to the Hispano-Arabic matrix of Casa Vicens, his work merged the influences of Orientalism, natural forms, new materials, and religious faith into a unique Modernista aesthetic. Today, his unique aesthetic enjoys global popularity and acclaim. His magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia, is the most-visited monument in Spain, and seven of his works are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through brand-new photography, plans and drawings by Gaudi himself, historical photos, as well as an appendix detailing all his works-from buildings to furniture, decor to unfinished projects-this book presents Gaudi's universe like never before. Like a personal tour through Barcelona, we discover how the "Dante of architecture" was a builder in the truest sense of the word, crafting extraordinary constructions out of minute and mesmerizing details, and transforming fantastical visions into realities on the city streets.

Theaters of Conversion - Religious Architecture and Indian Artisans in Colonial Mexico (Hardcover, 1st ed): Samuel Y. Edgerton,... Theaters of Conversion - Religious Architecture and Indian Artisans in Colonial Mexico (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jorge P erez de Lara
R728 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R191 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mexico's churches and conventos display a unique blend of European and native styles. Missionary Mendicant friars arrived in New Spain shortly after Cortes's conquest of the Aztec empire in 1521 and immediately related their own European architectural and visual arts styles to the tastes and expectations of native Indians. Right from the beginning the friars conceived of conventos as a special architectural theater in which to carry out their proselytizing. Over four hundred conventos were established in Mexico between 1526 and 1600, and more still in New Mexico in the century following, all built and decorated by native Indian artisans who became masters of European techniques and styles even as they added their own influence. The author argues that these magnificent sixteenth and seventeenth-century structures are as much part of the artistic patrimony of American Indians as their pre-Conquest temples, pyramids, and kivas. Mexican Indians, in fact, adapted European motifs to their own pictorial traditions and thus made a unique contribution to the worldwide spread of the Italian Renaissance.

The author brings a wealth of knowledge of medieval and Renaissance European history, philosophy, theology, art, and architecture to bear on colonial Mexico at the same time as he focuses on indigenous contributions to the colonial enterprise. This ground-breaking study enriches our understanding of the colonial process and the reciprocal relationship between European friars and native artisans.

England's Cathedrals (Hardcover): Simon Jenkins England's Cathedrals (Hardcover)
Simon Jenkins 1
R833 R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Save R177 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Inspired . . . encourages us to take a fresh look at the familiar' - The Times England's cathedrals are the nation's glory. They tower over its landscape, outranking palaces, castles and mansions. They attract roughly half the nation's population each year. For a millennium they have been objects of pilgrimage for those seeking faith, consolation and beauty. Still at the start of the twenty-first century, they remain unequalled in their size and splendour. More than any other English institution, cathedrals reflect the vicissitudes of history and should be treasured as such. They are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Gloriously illustrated throughout, England's Cathedrals not only offers us a companion to England's Thousand Best Churches, it takes us on an enthralling tour of the nation and its history, through some of our most astonishing buildings.

Death and Burial in the Roman World (Paperback, New Ed): J.M.C. Toynbee Death and Burial in the Roman World (Paperback, New Ed)
J.M.C. Toynbee
R598 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R64 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Never before available in paperback, J. M. C. Toynbee's study is the most comprehensive book on Roman burial practices. Ranging throughout the Roman world from Rome to Pompeii, Britain to Jerusalem--Toynbee's book examines funeral practices from a wide variety of perspectives. First, Toynbee examines Roman beliefs about death and the afterlife, revealing that few Romans believed in the Elysian Fields of poetic invention. She then describes the rituals associated with burial and mourning: commemorative meals at the gravesite were common, with some tombs having built-in kitchens and rooms where family could stay overnight. Toynbee also includes descriptions of the layout and finances of cemeteries, the tomb types of both the rich and poor, and the types of grave markers and monuments as well as tomb furnishings.

The Romanesque Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester (Paperback): Carolyn Heighway, Richard Bryant The Romanesque Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester (Paperback)
Carolyn Heighway, Richard Bryant
R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book was inspired by the records made by Carolyn Heighway during the thirty years when she was archaeological consultant at Gloucester Cathedral. The survival of so much of the abbey of 1089 is remarkable, and often not appreciated by the casual visitor since it is ingeniously overlaid by Gothic alterations. Since 2000, surveys have been produced which enable accurate plans and elevations to be made which clarify the late 11th and early 12th century appearance of the building; deductions have also been made from archaeological observations. Since there are almost no documents for the abbey before the 15th century which relate to construction matters, the building itself is primary evidence, and archaeology is an important element. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and measured drawings including accurate reconstructions; comparative scale plans of Worcester and Tewkesbury are also included. The late 11th-12th century church is described in detail, along with the surviving claustral buildings. There is a chapter on polychromy and on the surviving 11th-12th century sculpture, and a full bibliography. The whole is set in context by Malcolm Thurlby, who comments on the wider sources and associations.

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