The Gothic revival /
Michael J. Lewis.
London ; New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, c2002.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
0500203598 (paerback), 9780500203590 (paperback)
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London ; New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, c2002.
0500203598 (paerback)
9780500203590 (paperback)
contents note
Literature -- Romanticism -- Nationalism -- Truth -- Development -- Iron -- Beauty -- Height.
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From the Library of a Jesuit Art Historian.
'The Gothic Revival', writes Michael Lewis, 'is more than a fashion craze for pointed arches and pinnacles. During its years of greatest influence, it subjected every aspect of art, belief, society and labour to intense intellectual scrutiny, using the Middle Ages as a platform from which to judge the modern world.'" "It is the unique merit of The Gothic Revival that it gives as much attention to the ideas that gave Gothic architecture its emotional and intellectual power as it does to its great monuments. The eighteenth century admired the Gothic for its sense of decay and melancholy; the nineteenth century first cherished its religious piety, then its superb engineering. In the course of the Revival the Gothic was attached to social movements of every sort - from political liberalism to patriotic nationalism to labour reform. Like Marxism, which also drew lessons from medieval society, the Gothic Revival seemed to offer a comprehensive response to the dislocations and traumas of the Industrial Revolution." "By the early twentieth century, the Gothic Revival had outlived its ideals. In recent years, however, the climate of opinion has changed, and we are ready to understand, appreciate and learn from it. Professor Lewis's book is the most comprehensive, authoritative and sensitive contribution to the revival of the Revival."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-202) and index.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Lewis's rich survey treats individual buildings and broad movements in England, Europe and the USA with fresh authority. This is an invaluable introduction to one of the most colourful periods in the history of architecture.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Professor Lewis forcefully refutes the idea that neo-Gothic was a world of costume-drama and make-believe, and shows that during its years of greatest importance in the 19th century, it influenced every aspect of art and architecture.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 6
Medieval Gothic architecture-Cathedrals of Christian Europe-Gothic Survival to 1700
Literaturep. 13
Gothic Revival's beginnings in poetry and drama - gardens and `ruins' - Gothic Revival and 18th century politics - Walpole's Strawberry Hill - the Adam brothers, castellated houses
Romanticismp. 36
`The Sublime and the Beautiful' - Wyatt's Fonthill Abbey and cathedral restorations - scholarship: Carter, Britton, Milner - Gothic style and the church - Scottish baronial style - the United States
Nationalismp. 58
Germany in the 19th century: English gardens and ruins - Goethe, Forster, Schlegel and patriotic scholarship - Schinkel's Gothic phase - Cologne Cathedral - nationalism in Europe
Truthp. 81
Barry, Pugin and the English Houses of Parliament - Pugin's Contrasts and True Principles - The Ecclesiological Society: English church restoration - Gothic Revival in America - Germany, France and the exchange of ideas
Developmentp. 105
Copyism and evolution - Butterfield: colour, pattern and innovation - iron and glass: the Crystal Palace, Oxford Museum - Street and urban churches - Burges and the French style - Belgium and Bethune, the Netherlands and Cuypers - the Gothic architects of Germany
Ironp. 135
New materials for traditional structures - architecture and engineering - Viollet-le-Duc - railway stations: Scott - commercial buildings: Furness - civic buildings
Beautyp. 156
Scott's Albert Memorial - Morris and Webb - domestic Gothic: Godwin, Shaw and the Old English style - Richardson: the Romanesque Revival - France, England and the United States - neo-vernacular Gothic: Lethaby, Scott - liberation and experiment in the new century: Gaudi
Heightp. 185
Collegiate Gothic - the Gothic skyscraper - Gothic Revival and the Bauhaus - the end of the Gothic Revival: modernists and postmodernists
Bibliographyp. 198
List of Illustrationsp. 203
Indexp. 205
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