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Medieval Architecture, A Monograph
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A brief description of the teaching strategies supporting the digital monograph
     
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A compendium of texts and links relating to the study of Medieval Architecture
     
 

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Image portfolios organized in chronological, thematic, and/or media specific groupings

Preface

Using this Site

The complex and varied spatial configurations of Medieval Architecture are difficult to grasp in the absence of an actual visit to the building. The particular angle of a photograph, extremes of light and shadow, even the use of black and white film that may be too harsh or color film that may be inaccurate—these are just a few of the variables that may radically effect the perception of a building received through the intermediary of analog or digital images. For this reason, we have gathered together a rich collection of images for individual buildings to offer an opportunity to understand the overall character as well as the architectural details of a large number of medieval structures.

Image portfolios for individual buildings are arranged in groupings according to broad stylistic or period names, e.g., Gothic Architecture, and then by geographical location according to modern national boundaries and cities. Hence, the Gothic Cathedral of Amiens would be found as follows:
High Gothic/Rayonnant Architecture
France
Amiens Cathedral
In general, the pages of thumbnail images for each building (with medium and large format images available as pop-up windows) are organized in three broad groupings:
·  Exterior Views
·  Plans and Diagrams
·  Interior Views
The Exterior Views tend to progress from main views of the principal façade (west) to the flanks (north and south) and then to the choir end (east) of the building.

Interior Views tend to progress from the principal view of the nave (usually looking toward the east), to the aisles, transept and crossing, then the choir and hemicycle or apse.

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