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The Rose Window (Hardback)

Splendour and Symbol

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Art & Architecture P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Religion

Imprint: Thames and Hudson
Pages: 276
Illustrations: 381 pls
ISBN: 9780500511749
Published: 31st December 2005
Casemate UK Academic

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This beautifully illustrated book is the first systematic study of the rose window, both as a feature of Gothic architecture and as an artform in its own right. After a brief overview of the history of the rose, four chapters trace the evolution of the form across nine centuries, from its origins and the early wheel windows to the rapid spread of the Rayonnant rose, from the phenomenal displays of the Flamboyant to the powerful reinterpretations of the present day. Two further chapters offer illuminating explanations of the iconography and building of the rose, giving detailed analysis of the glazing and geometry of key windows such as Lausanne and the Sainte Chapelle. Throughout, the rose is placed in the broader artistic and architectural context to show how it responded to - and often inspired - major stylistic shifts. The book is completed with a Gazetteer of rose windows arranged by country to help plan visits.

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