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This lavishly illustrated book covers each and every diverse and fascinating cathedral -- both Anglican and Roman Catholic -- to be found in England. Over 280 exquisite, full-colour photographs of the buildings' interiors and exteriors, highlighting significant historical and architectural details, are supported by authoritative text written by a leading expert on church history and design.
A Treasury of Anglican Art
by James B. Simpson, George H. Eatman / Hardcover / December 2002
The first comprehensive book on the art and architecture of the Anglican (Episcopal) Church, will serve to many as an eye-opener that will dazzle and excite the senses and the mind. The Anglican Church has some of the greatest works of religious art in the world, but these treasures have not been widely publicized. Much of it is hidden away in nooks and crannies of small churches across the globe. With the tenacity of detectives, Simpson and Eatman have uncovered and present here a treasury of startlingly beautiful work.
Marjorie Hunt presents the lives and careers of two Italian-American master stone carvers, Roger Morigi and Vincent Palumbo, who have spent decades creating the sculptural works, such as gargoyles, grotesques, capitals, pinnacles, saints, and angels, that embellish Washington National Cathedral. Exploring the carvers' underlying aesthetic attitudes, Hunt reveals the spirit of creativity and mastery that infuses their work.
Churches and Cathedrals of London
by Stephen C. Humphrey, James Morris (Photographer), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Foreword) / Hardcover / Aug 2001
This visually stunning book explores the art, architecture, history, and legend associated with nearly 50 of London's best-known churches and cathedrals. Churches and Cathedrals of Londonbrings together historian Stephen Humphrey's vivid technical and historical descriptions with professional photographer James Morris's exquisite full-color photographs in an exuberant evocation of one of the most powerful and enduring aspects of London's glorious cultural heritage.
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation
by Terryl N. Kinder, Michael Downey / Hardcover / Apr 2002
Cistercian Europe offers a lavishly illustrated journey through Europe's magnificent Cistercian abbeys. A leading expert in medieval architecture, Terryl Kinder brings these famous monasteries to life, showing not only where monks lived, worked, and prayed, but also how the exquisite architecture of these buildings reflects the spiritual transformation to which their residents aspired. Dozens of famous Cistercian monasteries from across Europe have been chosen to illustrate the wide variety of forms and functions. With informed and engaging text Kinder places these monasteries squarely within the context of daily monastic life in the Middle Ages, describing the use for each abbey building, the reasons underlying the desire for simplicity, and the nature of the contemplative life they were designed to model. Maps, floor plans, and more than two hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs support the text.
The physical dimensions alone would be enough to make Churches, Judith Dupre's sumptuous chronology of Christian art and architecture, one of the most absorbing ways possible to learn about the world's most beautiful houses of worship. It is almost too big to fit in your lap, and each brilliantly colored page is almost three times the width of a human head. In addition, Churches offers floor plans, histories, and theological interpretations of almost 60 churches around the world, from the Pantheon in Rome to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Interspersed with these chapters are photographic essays on such topics as "Building a Gothic Cathedral" and "Ancient Paths: Contemporary Labyrinths." - Amazon.com
England's Thousand Best
Beyond the cathedrals. This fascinating compendium, beautifully illustrated with photographs by Paul Barker from the Country Life archive, scours the hills and dales, cities and hamlets for England's Thousand Best Churches and comes up with some old favorites, welcome inclusions and surprising additions. Telegraph review by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Images of Christ in Art
by Neil MacGregor, Erika Langmuir / Hardcover / Sep 2000 *
Lavishly illustrated, Seeing Salvation was written in connection with an exhibition in London's National Gallery in early 2000, a nationwide lecture program and four BBC TV programs, presented by Neil MacGregor during April 2000. Yet it stands on its own and requires no knowledge of any of those.
The book is unpretentious and never
patronizes. It unravels the Christian background, scripture
and belief with unobtrusive elegance as it goes along.
England's Cathedrals in Watercolour
by Peter Hume / Paperback / May 1999
Four years ago, Peter Hume, a British painter and architect, embarked on an architectural pilgrimage of the great medieval cathedrals of England.
A glorious celebration of this look at English history, the book, presents the cathedrals in the order in which Hume visited them, starting, fittingly enough, with Canterbury and working its way across time and the landscape to York. More than forty of his rich watercolors are reproduced in color with a double-page spread devoted to each cathedral.
The paintings reveal the genius of design, quality and craftsmanship of buildings crafted in homage to the glory of God. The spare text, each including an excerpt from a well-known British writer (Bede, Chaucer, Dickens et al), explains how the building appeared to Hume in different light conditions, gives personal impressions of those he was seeing for the first time, and describes the history of each cathedral's construction.
Barron's mission is much the same as John Drury's in Painting the Word, to open a window on the symbolism of Christian art. Whereas Drury aimed to enrich appreciation of paintings, Barron unveils the symbolism of those triumphs of the art of Christendom, the Gothic cathedrals. Exemplifying primarily from Notre-Dame de Paris and Chartres, he discusses 14 features of a cathedral, including space, light, and orientation (e.g., the verticality of every major line in the building), as well as tangible features, such as the rose windows and the labyrinth on the floor at Chartres, His is not a scholarly treatment but rather a kind of staged walk around the cathedral with the reader, drawing spiritual sustenance from the features of the building.
Sister Wendy's Book of Saints *
Renowned art historian Sister Wendy
Beckett documents the lives and works of over 40 of the
world's best-loved saints with her unique blend of humor and
spiritual insight. Her reflections bring to life illuminated
manuscripts, miniatures, and icons, selected from an
exhibition that toured Italy in 1998.
Sister Wendy's Nativity
by Wendy Beckett, Sister Wendy Beckett
Hardcover / Dec 1998 *
Sister Wendy's Nativity looks anew at the Christmas story and invites us to consider the true significance of Christ's life. Her personal selection of over 40 beautiful paintings from manuscripts held by the Vatican and Italian State Libraries (many seen here for the first time) illustrate stories that are familiar to us all, yet whose significance is so often elusive
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