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Early Medieval Architecture as Bearer of Meaning

Early Medieval Architecture as Bearer of Meaning

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At last available in English, this classic text was originally published in Germany in 1951 and has been continuously in print since then. Gunter Bandmann analyzes the architecture of societies in western Europe up to the twelfth century that aspired to be the heirs to the Roman Empire. He examines the occurrence and recurrence of basic forms not as stylistic evolutions but as meaningful expressions of meta-material content and develops an architectural iconography of symbolic, historical, and aesthetic elements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231127042
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/29/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gunter Bandmann was an eminent German historian who wrote on architecture and church history. Kendall Wallis is the humanities and social sciences librarian at McGill University. Hans Böker is professor of architectural history at McGill University.

Table of Contents

Bearing Bandmann ís Meaning: A Translatorís Introduction
Form and Type
1. The Problem of Meaning in Architecture
The Essence of Meaning
The Medieval Work of Art
Aesthetic Meaning
The Current State of Research on Symbolic and Historical Meaning in Architecture
Sources and Methods: The Sources
Sources and Methods: The Methods
2. The Symbolic Meaning of Buildings According to Written and Visual Sources
The Written Sources
The Visual Sources
3. Historical Meaning
Tradition and Habit
Turning Toward Historicity
The Effects of Historical Meaning
4. The Decline of Symbolic and Historical Meaning
Reform and Secularization
The Predominance of Artistic Tendencies
The New Awareness of Space
Afterword by Hans Josef Bˆker

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Stephen Murray

Bandmann's book constitutes one of the great landmarks of historiography in the field of medieval architecture—yet it remains largely unknown to English-speaking audiences. In setting out to explain the ways in which a medieval building can convey meaning through visual references to older edifices, Bandmann deals with almost all the features of the great church-orientation, axiality, internal divisions of space, choir design, transept, western frontispiece, towers, galleries etc. This is a work of extraordinary erudition.

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