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Dr. David Stephenson is an associate professor at the School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart. His work has been exhibited throughout the world and published in numerous publications. Stephenson is the author of Visions of Heaven.Review:
"David Stephenson's new book of photography is a love letter to the intricate, seemingly sui generis vaults of Europe's Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals and churches. Half the wonder of these soaring architectural feats is that they were devised and built at all. The other half comes with the realization that we will never build this way again: It takes too long. It's too expensive. We don't know how.These buildings, some nearly a millennium old, are charged with the grandeur of God, as though their architects, suddenly doubting that it could be read in nature, decided to codify it in stone. The skyward vaults suggest their faith's holy order, the majestic possibilities of men working to glorify their creator, the intimation, the endurance of infinity." --Dwell
"It may have been the 4 a.m. wake up call for the 6 a.m. flight the other weekend, but I was more than intrigued by a review in Dwell Magazine of David Stephenson's Heavenly Vaults : From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture. Thought you might be too..." --Voila
"Apparently science and religion do have a lot in common after all...both appreciate great geometry. Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture, a new book by David Stephenson captures the inspired design of some of Europe's great cathedrals. Einstein once said all religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree, these vaults certainly support that theory." --The Smart Set
"The author and photographer of these vaulted European church ceilings from the 12th through the 16th centuries directs readers' attention to the emotional resonance and liberating sensation one feels in these buildings, and to the spiritual meaning of the symmetries and mathematical proportions employed in their construction. At the book's core are 104 pages of color photographs that capture these symmetries and let readers discover their pleasures. Stephenson (Visions of Heaven) provides a straightforward architectural history of the structures and their evolution into delicate traceries suggesting floral patterns and ending with the rampant vegetal images of the late Gothic style." --Publishers Weekly
"In `Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture', photographer David Stephenson looks up to the harmoniously patterned ceilings of the Pantheon, Chartres, Canterbury Cathedral and other sacred buildings." --Newday
"This Book looks downright Spiritually uplifting.. the Religion part aside. Look at that Vaulted ceiling - a feat of the human hand, but also of the spirit." --Anna Sheffield Jewelry
"Available now from Princeton Architectural Press, Heavenly Vaults continues photographer David Stephenson's investigation of the `architecturally sublime.' The focus here, as explicitly expressed, is on vaulted ceilings in basilicas, cathedrals, and churches throughout Europe. Isobel Crombie provides a contextual forward." --Curated Magazine
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