Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Art of Medieval Limestone Monuments

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Art of Medieval Limestone Monuments

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Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Ari of Medieval Limestone Monuments, ed. Vibeke Olson, AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art 7 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). xxiv + 263 pp.; 117 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-75466246-4. £58.50. This volume explores different approaches to limestone, the principal building material of the Middle Ages, introducing ways to study limestone and placing it within broader notions of medieval artistic production, particularly architecture and sculpture. The first section focuses on the science and technology of limestone, looking at analysis, geology, and conservation. Lore L. Holmes and Garman Harbottle with Annie Blanc explore compositional data and analysis, Georgia Sommers Wright with Holmes and Harbottle focuses on Notre-Dame and Saint-Jacques-aux-Pelerins in Paris and Saint-Pierre at Jumièges, Thomas E. …

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