When we look at the soaring spaces of Chartres cathedral or the shimmering pages of a gilded and painted manuscript, we are witnesses to a new kind of vision. In this radical reappraisal of Gothic art in Europe, the word "Gothic" describes not only an art style but a changing concept of space, time, and society - a new kind of perception, both visual and spiritual, in whicWhen we look at the soaring spaces of Chartres cathedral or the shimmering pages of a gilded and painted manuscript, we are witnesses to a new kind of vision. In this radical reappraisal of Gothic art in Europe, the word "Gothic" describes not only an art style but a changing concept of space, time, and society - a new kind of perception, both visual and spiritual, in which light is of central importance. Camille shows us how the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries was seen in its own time and explores the way vision itself was understood. In this age of glorious painting, magnificent, intricate architecture and sculpture, and jewellike manuscript illumination, art was an expression of religious passion and earthly power, of public and private wealth; of science and learning. The new vision led to an explosion of brilliant images but had its grim side, rarely noticed by art history: the distorted representation of "others" like Jews, heretics, and lepers; a new vision not only of the marvelous, but also of the grotesque....
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Gothic Art: Glorious Visions Reviews
More like flipped through. Makes the argument that Gothic cathedrals should be seen as immersive experiences, rather than as pure architecture and engineering or pure iconography. The design of the book made this a little difficult to look at — all the text, except for picture captions, is in bold type. Plus, some of the details were a little too small. There were some nice illustrations, though — particularly this model book page of animals and Africa whispering into the ear of Europe.
I had to read this for a final exam so pardon the late review, but this is a wonderful book! I feel that it does a great job at organizing all the information about the gothic art movement into easily digestible chunks. Fair warning, though, this doesn't go chronologically so it's maybe not the first book you should read about Gothic art and architecture if you want to get a good idea of how the movement came abot. Maybe the second or third.
I enjoy Gothic painting and looking at French Gothic architecture but learning about the the sculptural programs on some of these buildings was more than I could handle. There are only so many times a girl can look at "The Coronation of the Virgin", "The Assumption of the Virgin" and whatever other Marian crap these people were into before her head spins off her body in total frustration. The pictures were nice.
once upon a time, i dreamed of a life where i would move to chicago and study medieval art history under michael camille. together, we could delve into the world of gothic architecture. he'd explain how, spatially, the cathedrals were designed to keep the penitents' eyes upwards, constantly directed towards heaven. i'd theorize flimsy links between architectural design and poetic construction in "pearl" and "sir gawain" and then we'd ride off into the sunset on unicorns of gold.then, i got to college and my beloved thesis adviser told me michael camille was dead. true story, that is.
Speaking as an enthusiast who wishes to have been a scholar of Gothic, I liked the organization of this book: new visions or time, space, God, nature and self in the Gothic era. I was completely blown away by the thought of the invention of the mechanical clock, the installation of those clocks in town squares and the subsequent reordering of all life around the clock, and the bells which rung accordingly. For human work and leisure that's as cataclysmic a shift as the light bulb was to the late 19th century. This book is beautifully illustrated too. Recommended for those who love medieval art.
Glorious Visions was a delight to read. I soaked it up. Camille did an excellent job covering a lot of ground and conveying the wonderful peculiarities of the medieval perspective. Of course, with that much material to cover, he rarely went into quite as much depth as I would have liked for each piece, and I did from time to time lose the threads of argument and chronology (hence the four stars). On the whole, though, magnificent book. I hope to mine its bibliography for future readings.
Never having read a book on art or architecture before, I found this suitably easy to understand and very engaging. The meanings of technical architectural terms were explained, so I didn't feel out of my depth and have to keep looking things up every now and then. The style it was written in was clear and precise with none of the unnecessary verbiage that can appear in factual texts.The pictures were beautiful too.
I don't remember much about this book, but it was interesting and informative about architecture and art in the middle ages. I was most intrigued by how things were designed to give people a spiritual frame of mind. I think it translates across the board in religions. Good food for thought.
A great introduction to Gothic Art. Professor Camille has a wonderful, unconventional way in viewing art. Gothic Art, as I take out of this book, is indeed very interative, visionary, and can be much more advanced than art in later period.
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