The Secret Language of Churches & Cathedrals: Decoding the Sacred Symbolism of Christianity’s Holy Buildings :: Richard Stemp soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Duncan Baird, 2010, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Further reading list; Chronological tables ; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Ribbon markers ;
>From the cover: Discover the hidden symbols and complex layers of meaning in the structure and detail of some of the worlds most beautiful buildings
A church or a cathedral is more than a magnificent and imposing piece of architecture. To step inside one is to experience something intentionally uplifting, but these extraordinary buildings also express complex ideas about human belief, and were designed quite deliberately to be read in this way by the faithful who attended them.
Who is depicted in that stained glass window? What is the significance of those geometric figures? Why are there beasts carved amidst all that beauty? Is there a deeper purpose underlying the exploitation of height and light in the nave? Why is there a pelican on the lectern and ornate foliage on the pillars…
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned on the verso.
Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. 12″ x 9½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Architecture catalogue?