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Author Coldstream, Nicola.

Title Masons and sculptors / Nicola Coldstream
Published London : British Museum Press, 1991


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Description 72 pages : illustrations (some color); facsimiles, plans, portraits ; 22 cm
Series Medieval craftsmen
Medieval craftsmen.
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Masons' lodge -- The lodge -- The master mason -- The working day -- The building -- Administrations -- Design -- Construction -- Structure and structural theory -- Sculptural decoration -- Glossary -- Further reading -- Photographic credits -- Index
Summary The glorious heritage of cathedrals and castles in Europe today is the legacy of the medieval masons. The master mason, head of a team of masons, was the medieval equivalent to an architect. He acted as contractor, designer and engineer, drawing up the plans, gathering the materials together and erecting the building. He was responsible for the decoration as well, the capitals, bosses and furnishings, but was also expected turn his hand to any building work, however menial. With reference to masons' records, building contracts and accounts, as well as inscriptions, self-portraits and personal marks, the author discusses who the masons were, how they organised their professional lives, the role of their patrons and how they designed and built the cathedrals and castles. Architectural drawings illustrate the skill involved and manuscript illuminations portray the masons at work, the best evidence lies in the building themselves, the true testimony to their creative talents. (Inside cover)
Analysis Buildings Use of Stone
Stone masonry
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: page 71
Audience For primary grades
Subject Architecture, Medieval -- Europe.
Building, Stone -- Europe.
Cathedrals -- Europe -- Design and construction -- History.
Cathedrals -- Europe.
Masonry -- Europe -- History.
Masonry -- Europe.
Sculpture, Medieval -- Europe.
Stonemasonry -- History.
Stonemasonry -- Europe.
Stonemasons -- History.
Stonemasons -- Europe -- History.
ISBN 0714120480 (paperback)