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Romanesque and gothic France : architecture and sculpture
Minne-Sève, Viviane.
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France romane et gothique. English
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 2000.
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411 pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
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Includes index.
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N6843 .M5613 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This work focuses especially on ecclesiastical structures, and the sculpture, painting, illuminated manuscripts and stained glass made for churches, monastaries, abbeys and cathedrals. It includes buildings such as Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Cluny, and Chartres.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

While the text traces the history of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and sculpture in France, the brilliant array of color photographs offers a breathtaking visual tour of two of the most stylistically significant periods in the modern era. Since most medieval art and architecture was church-centered, the authors examine all of the major cathedrals as well as some of the less well known ecclesiastical gems. In addition to painting a broad overview of the Gothic and Romanesque periods, regional preferences and peculiarities are also addressed on a province-by-province basis. A sumptuous feast for both the eyes and the soul. --Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

From the times of turmoil and civil strife around 1000 C.E., the Church was a source of stability and peace, and monasteries and abbeys influenced land development and urban growth. Architecture professor Minne-Sve and sculptor Kergall here focus on the development of Romanesque and Gothic architecture at that time. The authors have abundant examples of French church architecture to examine, along with related relief sculpture, wall paintings, and some stained glass. The book is flush with splendid photo spreads of the buildings and individual architectural features, showing the effect and spirit of the structures as well as fine details. While the organization of the book is a little loose the structure of periods and regions gives way to small diversions into other contemporary artistic influences the text is quite enjoyable and fluid. A useful illustrated glossary of architectural terms is appended. Recommended for larger general libraries or any specialized art history collection. Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This enormous, beautiful, and almost impossibly ambitious book traces the history of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and sculpture in France by spiraling through that country region by region. Providing a geographic and historic context as they proceed, from early Romanesque Roussillon through the birth of Gothic in the Ile de France to the late Gothic magnificence of the Strasbourg spire, Minne-S`eve (Institut Superieur de Tourisme, Paris) and Kergall strike a sometimes uneasy balance between picture book and historical survey, between sweeping generalizations and close-up analysis of a specific monument. The result, while not satisfactory as a comprehensive history, nevertheless provides an intelligent sampling of some of the finest works of architecture and sculpture produced in France between c. 1000 and 1500. Although the photographs sometimes fail to correspond to the text, they are for the most part well chosen and effective, only occasionally lapsing into grandiose double-page spreads that sacrifice important features--e.g., the face of the Madonna in Enguerrand Quarton's Piet`a--to the center binding. A rewarding book to dip into, and one that could whet a reader's appetite for the art of the Middle Ages, its potential usefulness as a lure is diminished by the lack of suggestions for further reading. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. E. B. Smith; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus