This stunning volume is every bit as opulent as the Gothic period
artwork it depicts and the perfect companion to the equally magnificent
Baroque. Both hand bound books weigh in at over sixteen pounds and feature the
jaw-droppingly beautiful photography of Achim Bednorz and the concise,
knowledgeable text of Bruno Klein. Focusing on the middle ages from 1140 to
1500, the largely illiterate population relied more upon visual representations
of important religious events then the printed word and this need drove the
Gothic art movement.
As with Ars Sacra, it is the photography that elevates this book into a class of its own. The images of the 1278 brick Albi, Cathedral of Sainte-Cecile with the detailed view of the south portal canopy and the rose window in the Cathedral of St-Nazaire are just a couple examples of Bednorzís art. However, Gothic art is not limited to glorious cathedrals and stained glass windows; there are also exquisitely worked tapestries like The Lady with the Unicorn. This visual feast for the soul will appeal to art historians, theologians, armchair travelers or anyone who appreciates art. It sets the bar by which other art publications will be measured and is more then well worth the price.