High Gothic: Christian Art And Iconography Of The 13Th�14Th Century
Author:Florian Knothe, Tullia Fraser
Publisher:HKU Museum and Art Gallery
A splendid showcase of High Gothic art and iconography. Despite its provenance as a derogatory term, the word "gothic" is now understood to describe a distinct style of buildings and objects between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The Gothic period saw an increased emphasis on the power of images as vision became a primary force for activating emotion and inspiring contemplation. The great cathedrals constructed in this period--with their thin walls and high vaults filled with statuary and stained-glass windows--were designed to evoke awe among its visitors. The exquisite Gothic objects featured in the McCarthy Collection represent a broad spectrum of workshops and styles across Europe. High Gothic: Christian Art and Iconography of the 13th-14th Century showcases classic examples of statuary, stained glass, diptychs, textiles, and caskets that were part of the splendor we now associate with the High Gothic aesthetic.