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Cosmatesque ornament : flat polychrome geometric patterns in architecture

Author: Paloma Pajares-Ayuela
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2002.
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"This book illustrates Cosmatesque monuments and techniques in over 300 pages of colour photographs, and defines its distinctive geometric and mathematical basis. It provides a revealing look at the state of building in Rome after the fall of the Empire; an analysis of the symbolic meaning behind the quincunx, the quintessential Cosmatesque design; a comparison of different Cosmatesque sites; and a close examination  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paloma Pajares-Ayuela
ISBN: 050051075X 9780500510759
OCLC Number: 49551765
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Panorama: Flat Polychrome Geometric Ornament in the Western Empire During the Middle Ages --
Ch. 2. Rome: Cosmatesque Site par Excellence --
Ch. 3. Antecedents: Local Tradition and Byzantine Influence --
Ch. 4. The Regulating Geometry: The Basic Repertoire of Constant Geometric Motifs --
Ch. 5. The Signification: The Cosmatesque Quincunx: A Double-Cross Motif --
Ch. 6. Analysis of a Mosaic: The Pavement of the Schola Cantorum of San Clemente.
Responsibility: Paloma Pajares-Ayuela.

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A definitive study of the remarkable mosaic work executed by the "Cosmati" stoneworkers of the 12th and 13th centuries, distinguished by their complex geometric patterns composed of multicoloured  Read more...

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