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Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys of France

Terryl. N. Kinder

Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2000
ISBN 10: 0810941163 / ISBN 13: 9780810941168
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Title: Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: David Heald

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition


Grey cloth (hard cover) in mylar protected dust-jacket. 151 pages; illustrated by 97 photographs in tritone. A unique copy SIGNED by the photographer, Heald below his name on the title page. A clean, tight copy in a price-clipped jacket Size: Folio. Bookseller Inventory # 003566

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Synopsis: The early Cistercian abbeys of France have long been revered for their harmoniously proportioned spaces and ethereal acoustics. Together with the great cathedrals, these remarkable medieval buildings embody the profound mastery of architecture that blossomed in 12th- and 13th-century France. Architecture of Silence is the first book in English devoted solely to these exquisite structures, which draw tens of thousands of visitors of all nationalities each year.

The power and beauty of these sacred buildings and ruins, renowned among architects and designers for their austere, almost minimal design and construction, come alive in David Heald's luminous tritone photographs. The text by Terryl N. Kinder, the world's leading scholar on the subject, offers a clear introduction to the history and architecture of the early Cistercian monks, who built the abbeys nearly 900 years ago.

DAVID HEALD, chief photographer at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, has been photographing art, architecture, and the natural landscape for 25 years. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Bibliothque Nationale, Paris, and has appeared in many books and magazines. He lives in Redding, Connecticut.

TERRYL N. KINDER is a medieval architectural historian and archaeologist who has served as a consultant to the restoration of Cistercian abbeys in France, Italy, and England. She has taught at Nazareth College in Rochester, the Universit de Bretagne, Rennes, and at Paris-I Sorbonne. An associate of the Institute of Historical Research in London, she divides her time between Pontigny, France, and St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

98 tritone photographs, 93/4 x 12"

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