Lateness and Modernity in Medieval Architecture


How have the concepts of “lateness” and “modernity” inflected the study of medieval and early modern architecture? This volume seeks to (re)situate monuments from the 14th—16th centuries that are indebted to medieval building practices and designs within the more established narratives of art and architectural history.

Drawing on case studies from Cyprus to the Dominican Republic, the book explores historiographical, methodological, and theoretical concerns related to the study of medieval architecture, bringing to the fore the meanings and functions of the Gothic in specific contexts of use and display. The development of local styles relative to competing traditions, and instances of coexistence and hybridization, are considered in relation to workshop practices and design theory, the role of ornament, the circulation of people and knowledge, spatial experiences, as well as notions of old and new.

Contributors are: Jakub Adamski, Flaminia Bardati, Costanza Beltrami, Robert Bork, Jana Gajdošová, Maile S. Hutterer, Jacqueline Jung, Alice Klima, Abby McGehee, Paul Niell, Michalis Olympios, Zachary Stewart, Alice Isabella Sullivan, Kyle G. Sweeney, and Marek Walczak.

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Alice Isabella Sullivan, Ph.D., (2017), University of Michigan, is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies at Tufts University. She specializes in the artistic production of Eastern Europe and the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres.

Kyle G. Sweeney, Ph.D., (2017), Rice University, is Assistant Professor of Art History at Winthrop University and a specialist in the architectural and urban history of late medieval and early modern France.
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Alice Isabella Sullivan and Kyle G. Sweeney
Relativizing the Lateness of Late Gothic Architecture
Robert Bork

Part 1: Space and Reception: Western Perspectives

1 Late Gothic Medieval Imaginations in Jean Fouquet’s Grandes chroniques de France
Maile S. Hutterer
2 Reading Late Gothic Architecture
 The Balustrades at Notre-Dame, Caudebec-en-Caux
Abby McGehee
3 The Plague, the Parish, and the Perpendicular Style
 Theories of Change in Late Medieval English Architecture from John Aubrey to John Harvey
Zachary Stewart
4 “Toutefois moderne, sans tenir de l’antique”
 Critical Views on Gothic and Renaissance Interaction in Early Modern French Architecture between the 16th and 18th Centuries
Flaminia Bardati

Part 2: Experimentation and Innovation in Central Europe

5 The Development of Western and Central European Gothic Architecture around 1300 and Its Modern Historiography
Jakub Adamski
6 Did Jan Dlugosz Read Vitruvius?
 On the Reception of the Myth about the Natural Origins of Architecture in Central Europe in the Late Middle Ages
Marek Walczak
7 Entwined Meanings and Organic Form at the Prague Cathedral Royal Oratory
Alice Klima
8 Conflicting Views
 Designing the South Transept of Prague Cathedral
Jana Gajdošová

Part 3: Global Gothics on the Margins of Europe and Beyond

9 The Currency of the Gothic in the Carpathian Mountain Regions
Alice Isabella Sullivan
10 When Venus Met Godfrey
 The Evocation of Gothic Antiquity in the Architecture of Venetian Cyprus
Michalis Olympios
11 Memory, Modernity, and Anachronism at the Convent of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo
Costanza Beltrami
12 Colonial Gothic and the Negotiation of Worlds in 16th-Century Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Paul Niell

Afterword: Unruly Gothic
Jacqueline E. Jung

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