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How to Read a Church

par Richard Taylor

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"Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people each year. But churches were originally built to be read, and so are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This book will unlock all the treasures they contain. Described by Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraphas 'a handy crash course in church literacy', the first edition of this unique and accessible guide to the common symbols and meanings in church art and architecture became a bestseller on first publication. Now this fascinating and lively book is available in a new illustrated edition. Over 100 stunning colour photographs represent the very best in church architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows. It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details, to the use of colours and letters."… (plus d'informations)
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Informative, but Taylor misses possible deeper spiritual signification of someof the arhcitecture and objects. The book reads at times as if wtitten by someone for whom the faith is purely a historical phenomenon. ( )
  MadBeet | Oct 20, 2018 |
A pleasant little guidebook for church tourists (mostly Christian; a few thing you might find in a synagogue are mentioned. Nothing for a temple to Kali or Huitzilopochtli, though; probably just as well.). I learned that “nave” is related to “navigate”, promoting the image of worshipers as shipmates; “gargoyle” is related to “gargle”, tending back to their original purpose as downspouts; and a square halo on a painting or statue indicates the subject was alive when the image was made. How to Read a Church is concerned with symbols you might find in and around a church building, rather than church architecture; for example, it discusses the arch as a symbol (hands clasped in prayer, arms held aloft in worship) rather than explaining the difference between Gothic and Tudor arches. Easily pocketable and a light read, even if you’re not actually in a church at the time. ( )
  setnahkt | Dec 11, 2017 |
This is the monochrome paperback version. The full colour version (which I don't have) is much better. ( )
  DanCook | Oct 9, 2011 |
A very browsable guide to the meaning of all kinds of Christian symbols and icons. Want to know what symbols like raised hands and bulls mean in stained glass windows? Look them up and find out. ( )
  JudithProctor | Apr 21, 2010 |
I was seriously disappointed in this book. It's meant to be a guide to help the untutored observer make more sense of what he sees in a traditional church or cathedral, but instead of some in-depth examples of such readings, the book's chapters comprise laundry lists of the most basic facts about Jesus, the Bible and a few of the saints. So much space is used to try to fill in these foundational blanks that there's little time left to consider actual church architecture and decoration. The book's illustrations and diagrams are also incredibly basic. Not recommended. ( )
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"Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people each year. But churches were originally built to be read, and so are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This book will unlock all the treasures they contain. Described by Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraphas 'a handy crash course in church literacy', the first edition of this unique and accessible guide to the common symbols and meanings in church art and architecture became a bestseller on first publication. Now this fascinating and lively book is available in a new illustrated edition. Over 100 stunning colour photographs represent the very best in church architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows. It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details, to the use of colours and letters."

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