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Ancient Stained and Painted Glass (Paperback): Frederick Sydney Eden Ancient Stained and Painted Glass (Paperback)
Frederick Sydney Eden
R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Brunelleschi's Dome - The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence (Paperback): Ross King Brunelleschi's Dome - The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence (Paperback)
Ross King 1
R257 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Even in an age of soaring skyscrapers and cavernous sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence still retains a rare power to astonish. Yet the elegance of the building belies the tremendous labour, technical ingenuity and bitter personal strife involved in its creation. For over a century after work on the cathedral began in 1296, the proposed dome was regarded as all but impossible to build because of its enormous size. The greatest architectural puzzle of its age, when finally completed in 1436 the dome was hailed as one of the great wonders of the world. It has gone down in history as a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. This book tells the extraordinary story of how the cupola was raised and of the dome's architect, the brilliant and volatile Filippo Brunelleschi. Denounced as a madman at the start of his labours, he was celebrated at their end as a great genius. His life was one of ambition, ingenuity, rivalry and intrigue - a human drama set against the plagues, wars, political feuds and intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence, the glorious era for which the dome remains the most compelling symbol. Brunelleschi's Dome was voted Non-Fiction Book of the Year by American Independent Booksellers.

The Cathedrals Of Great Britain - Their History And Architecture (Paperback): Peter Hampson Ditchfield The Cathedrals Of Great Britain - Their History And Architecture (Paperback)
Peter Hampson Ditchfield
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Cathedral Builders - The Story Of A Great Masonic Guild (Paperback): Leader Scott The Cathedral Builders - The Story Of A Great Masonic Guild (Paperback)
Leader Scott
R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Churches Of Paris From Clovis To Charles X (Paperback): Sophia Beale The Churches Of Paris From Clovis To Charles X (Paperback)
Sophia Beale
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Minarets of Cairo - Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the End of the Ottoman Period (Hardcover): Doris... The Minarets of Cairo - Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the End of the Ottoman Period (Hardcover)
Doris Behrens-Abouseif
R1,510 Discovery Miles 15 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Minarets have defined Cairo's skyline since its early history: they are one of the most characteristic features of Islamic architecture. In Egypt, where civilizations have manifested themselves through awe-inspiring structures since antiquity, 'a thousand minarets' reveal the impact of Islamic civilization and urban aesthetics. "The Minarets of Cairo" offers an accessible and vivid insight into the religious, historical and architectural significance of the minaret in Cairo from the Arab Conquest, through the Abbasid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods. Students and scholars will welcome historian and art historian Doris Behrens-Abouseif's excellent new research and analysis as well as over one hundred illustrated entries for individual minarets, brought to life by Nicholas Warner's masterly architectural drawings and reconstructions. With nearly three hundred illustrations, this beautiful book provides depth and color, displaying to full effect historic Cairo's most impressive monuments.

Old St. Paul's Cathedral (Paperback): William Benham Old St. Paul's Cathedral (Paperback)
William Benham
R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Conservation and Seismic Strengthening of Byzantine Churches in Macedonia (Paperback): . Gavrilovic Conservation and Seismic Strengthening of Byzantine Churches in Macedonia (Paperback)
. Gavrilovic
R1,031 R954 Discovery Miles 9 540 Save R77 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Between the ninth and fourteenth century, hundreds of architecturally exquisite Byzantine churches, many of them adorned with beautiful frescoes, were built in the area now known as the Republic of Macedonia. The condition of these buildings has been of ongoing concern because of deterioration and destruction from forces both human and natural, including devastating earthquakes.
This book summarizes the results of a four-year study to develop and test seismic retrofitting techniques for the repair and strengthening of those ancient Byzantine churches still in existence. The volume considers the conservation of historic buildings in seismic zones; surveys the condition of fifty existing Byzantine churches in Macedonia; and details the design, construction, and seismic testing of a half-scale model church. The volume also includes representative experimental and technical data.

Periodisation of Rock-cut Monuments of India (Hardcover): Rajesh Kumar Singh Periodisation of Rock-cut Monuments of India (Hardcover)
Rajesh Kumar Singh
R593 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sultans and Mosques - The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh (Hardcover): Perween Hasan Sultans and Mosques - The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh (Hardcover)
Perween Hasan
R2,490 Discovery Miles 24 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Before the Mughal style came to dominate the Islamic architecture of the Indian sub-continent, Bengal and its rulers had developed their own forms. The mosque architecture of the Independent Sultanate period (from the 14th to the 16th centuries) represents the most important element of the Islamic architecture of Bengal. This distinctive regional style drew its inspiration from the indigenous vernacular architecture of Bengal, itself heavily influenced by Hindu/Buddhist temple architecture. The early Muslim architecture of Bangladesh is an important but little studied part of the architectural heritage of the Islamic world and the Indian sub-continent. Perween Hasan's work is a most original contribution to this subject.

The Destroyed Synagogues of Vienna - Virtual City Walks (Paperback): Bob Martens, Herbert Peter The Destroyed Synagogues of Vienna - Virtual City Walks (Paperback)
Bob Martens, Herbert Peter
R488 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R34 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is devoted to the former Viennese synagogues that were destroyed and thus disappeared irretrievably from the face of the city. With the help of computer-aided design and rapid prototyping, a working group was able to virtually rebuild the destroyed synagogues. Historical photographs and plans from the time these synagogues were built are contrasted with the virtual reconstructions. Together with the accompanying texts, the book provides a complete image of the individual houses of prayer. Of particular interest are the re-creations of the urban fabric that place the destroyed synagogues in the context of the present-day city. (Series: Stadtbildverluste - Vol. 4)

Piroska and the Pantokrator - Dynastic Memory, Healing and Salvation in Komnenian Constantinople (Paperback): Marianne Saghy Piroska and the Pantokrator - Dynastic Memory, Healing and Salvation in Komnenian Constantinople (Paperback)
Marianne Saghy
R808 R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Save R76 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is about the Christ Pantokrator, an imposing monumental complex serving monastic, dynastic, medical and social purposes in Constantinople, founded by Emperor John II Komnenos and Empress Piroska-Eirene in 1118. Now called the Zeyrek Mosque, the second largest Byzantine religious edifice after Hagia Sophia still standing in Istanbul represents the most remarkable architectural and the most ambitious social project of the Komnenian dynasty. This volume approaches the Pantokrator from a special perspective, focusing on its co-founder, Empress Piroska-Eirene, the daughter of the Hungarian king Ladislaus I. This particular vantage point enables its authors to explore not only the architecture, the monastic and medical functions of the complex, but also Hungarian-Byzantine relations, the cultural and religious history of early medieval Hungary, imperial representation, personal faith and dynastic holiness. Piroska's wedding with John Komnenos came to be perceived as a union of East and West. The life of the Empress, a "sainted ruler," and her memory in early Arpadian Hungary and Komnenian Byzantium are discussed in the context of women and power, monastic foundations, architectural innovations, and spiritual models.

St. Peter's in the Vatican (Paperback): William Tronzo St. Peter's in the Vatican (Paperback)
William Tronzo
R1,092 Discovery Miles 10 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

St. Peter's in the Vatican has a long and turbulent history. First constructed in the fourth century to honor the tomb of St. Peter, it gained enormous prestige as a repository of holy relics, objects and events during the course of the Middle Ages. After the return of the papacy from Avignon in the fifteenth century, the Early Christian edifice was gradually torn down and replaced by the new structure now in place. The history of the design and construction of this new building spans several centuries and involved several of the most brilliant architects, including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, of the early modern period. This volume presents an overview of St. Peter's history from the late antique period to the twentieth century. Focusing on selected and key moments in the monument's history and evolution, it serves as the first comprehensive overview of a unique monument of the Western tradition.

The California Missions - History, Art, and Preservation (Hardcover): Edna Kimbro, Julia Costello, Tevvy Ball The California Missions - History, Art, and Preservation (Hardcover)
Edna Kimbro, Julia Costello, Tevvy Ball
R881 R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Save R87 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"No other single work offers a comparable wealth of information about the missions of California, all of which is superbly organized and clearly presented. This authoritative yet accessible volume offers readers a compelling and balanced account of the founding and early history of the missions, the birth and growth of the mission myth, and modern preservation efforts, as well as concise historical profiles of individual missions. A noteworthy achievement."--Rose Marie Beebe, Santa Clara University, Coauthor of "Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California "and "Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women"" ""The California missions endure on the landscape as wondrous monuments, inviting us to stand and ponder what happened there. Long subjected to one-dimensional, celebratory accounts, the missions in recent decades have benefited from more thoughtful analysis, and in this splendid book they receive the eloquent, multilayered chronicle they deserve." --Douglas Monroy, Colorado College, Author of "Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California "and "The Borders Within: Encounters Between Mexico and the U.S. "

Illustrated in color throughout, "The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation" combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions. Initial chapters recount their founding and early history, examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and trace the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. Subsequent chapters present mission architecture and wall murals, survey the rich holdings of European and Native American art in mission collections, and examine the challenges involved in preserving the mission heritage for future generations. The second part of the book provides concise historical profiles of each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

Historical Description Of Westminster Abbey - Its Monuments And Curiosities. (Paperback): Anonymous Historical Description Of Westminster Abbey - Its Monuments And Curiosities. (Paperback)
Anonymous
R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians and Altarpieces in Medieval Aragon (Hardcover): Vivian Mann, Mari del Carmen Lacarra Ducay,... Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians and Altarpieces in Medieval Aragon (Hardcover)
Vivian Mann, Mari del Carmen Lacarra Ducay, Marcus B. Burke
R956 R719 Discovery Miles 7 190 Save R237 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume provides a fascinating study of the iconography of altarpieces and the artistic collaboration between Jews and Christians. In the multi-cultural society of late medieval Spain, Jewish and Christian artists worked together to produce retablos (large multi-paneled altarpieces) as well as Latin and Hebrew religious manuscripts.
The authors of this highly illustrated volume explore the methods of imagery, workshop locations and shop styles, and the relationship between Christians and Jews at this time, including their portrayal of one another through dress and appearance. The essays featured in this volume take us on a journey from the general to the particular, and include a study of Jewish communities within Spanish society of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by Thomas F. Glick, a survey of the painting of the period by Carmen Lacarra Ducay, an examination of specific artworks that address the issue of Jewish-Christian relationships by Vivian B. Mann, and a historiography of scholarship on Jewish involvement in the creation of Spanish medieval art by Marcus B. Burke. It features a glossary and a selected bibliography

Architecture Classic And Early Christian (Paperback): John Slater, Thomas Roger Smith Architecture Classic And Early Christian (Paperback)
John Slater, Thomas Roger Smith
R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Byzantine Churches In Constantinople - History And Architecture By Alexander Van Millingen; Ramsay Traquair; Walter. S. George;... Byzantine Churches In Constantinople - History And Architecture By Alexander Van Millingen; Ramsay Traquair; Walter. S. George; Arthur Edward Henderson (Paperback)
Alexander Van Millingen, Ramsay Traquair, et al
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Short History of the Mosque in Minnesota (Paperback): Melissa Aho A Short History of the Mosque in Minnesota (Paperback)
Melissa Aho
R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cathedral 2020 Calendar (Paperback): Cathedral Calendar Cathedral 2020 Calendar (Paperback)
Cathedral Calendar
R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Imi Knoebel - Reims (Hardcover): Thilo Bock, Horst Bredekamp, Laurent Innocenzi, Martin Schulz, Ursula Sinnreich, Johannes... Imi Knoebel - Reims (Hardcover)
Thilo Bock, Horst Bredekamp, Laurent Innocenzi, Martin Schulz, Ursula Sinnreich, …
R1,291 R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Save R360 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sometimes art is also a political gesture of historical significance. In the case of Reims Cathedral, the crown jewel of French sacred architecture, this statement can be affirmed without a doubt. Heavily damaged in 1914 by German troops, the cathedral was presented with three new stained glass windows by the painter and installation artist Imi Knoebel (*1940 in Dessau), representing a gift from Germany to France. Knoebel is a "Minimal" artist who, in celebration of the cathedral's 800th anniversary, illuminated the choir space in 2011 with his six stained glass windows. Since then, he has continued his work in the sacred sphere. He spent three years in an intensive examination of the interiors of the Jeanne D'Arc Chapel. The resulting combinations of luminous colors inside the High Gothic architecture are harmonious and poignant. This publication sheds light on the process of producing glass facades and documents their creation, from the first sketch to the ultimate installation at Reims Cathedral.

St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle (Hardcover): Jiri Kuthan St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle (Hardcover)
Jiri Kuthan
R1,535 R1,408 Discovery Miles 14 080 Save R127 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle is one of the symbols of the Czech statehood; it is the coronation and burial site of Bohemian kings and to this day is a leading Christian cathedral, a residence of archbishops, the venue for state ceremonies and, last but not least, a much sought-after tourist attraction. St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, the first English-language book on this iconic structure, presents the cathedral's history, inseparably linked to the history of the Czech lands. The authors present the circumstances of the cathedral's foundating by Charles IV in the fourteenth century and the progression of the construction, including later alterations and additions. The book focuses particularly on a detailed description of the sculpted and artistic decoration and significant monuments including St Wenceslaus' Chapel and the burial site of Bohemian kings. The text, set in the broader context of the developments of European architecture, is richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, historical images, reconstructions, and plans.

Reframing the Alhambra - Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial (Hardcover): Olga Bush Reframing the Alhambra - Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial (Hardcover)
Olga Bush
R2,419 R1,939 Discovery Miles 19 390 Save R480 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An interdisciplinary study of one of the most important monuments in Islamic artThe Nasrid builders of the Alhambra the best-preserved medieval Muslim palatial city were so exacting that some of their work could not be fully explained until the invention of fractal geometry. Their design principles have been obscured, however, by the loss of all archival material. This book resolves that impasse by investigating the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials. This reframing enables the reconstruction of the underlying, integrated aesthetic, focusing on the harmonious interrelationship between diverse artistic media architecture, poetry and textiles in the experience of the beholder, resulting in a new understanding of the Alhambra.Key FeaturesIllustrated in colour throughoutTakes an inter-medial approach integrating the study of poetic inscriptions, textiles and court ceremonial into the discussion of architectureInter-disciplinary, combining art history, optics and literary studiesCase studies explore specific, relatively neglected spaces within the AlhambraInformed by both medieval and contemporary theoryConsiders the most recent technical analyses to distinguish clearly original elements

Plotting Gothic (Hardcover): Stephen Murray Plotting Gothic (Hardcover)
Stephen Murray
R995 Discovery Miles 9 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A historian of medieval art and architecture with a rich appreciation of literary studies, Stephen Murray brings all those fields to bear in presenting a new way of understanding the great Gothic churches of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: as rhetorical constructs.
"Plotting Gothic" begins by positioning the rhetoric of the Gothic as a series of plots, or stories intended for visitors, then extends that concept to the relationship between a building, its audience, and the many interlocutors involved in that relationship, such as builders, scholars, tour guides, and resident clergy. What were the rhetorical commonplaces that such interlocutors used to interpret the Gothic when it was new? Drawing on building records and personal recollections of architects and churchmen, Murray traces common analogies between rhetoric and architectural space that date back to late antiquity, then shows how those links were translated into wood, stone, and space under specific local conditions. The resulting book offers an invigorating new way to understand some of the most lasting achievements of the medieval era.

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R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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