Friday, August 05, 2011

Latest Issue of Sacred Architecture Journal

Many of our readers will be interested to know that the latest issue of Sacred Architecture journal has come out.

For those who don't subscribe to the print version of the journal (which I would recommend), the following articles have been made available online:

Editorial: Estote Ergo Vos Perfecti
by Duncan G. Stroik
A well-known architect, who was really an artist, was asked to design a cathedral. The project did not go smoothly. He was difficult to work with, had his own ideas, lost his temper when things did not go his way, and kept asking for more money.

Melodious Beauty in Art
by Daniel Gallagher
Although beauty has held the interest of philosophers ever since Plato acceded to it a place of privilege among the Forms, the field of “aesthetics”, at least in the sense used by professional philosophers today, is a rather late development.

Louis Bouyer and Church Architecture: Resourcing Benedict XVI's The Spirit of the Liturgy
by Uwe Michael Lang
The present Holy Father’s thought on liturgy and church architecture was considerably influenced by Louis Bouyer

To Make These Stones Live: Aesthetics is Not Enough
by Paolo Portoghesi
In his “keynote” delivered last Monday [January 17] to the Faculty of Architecture of the University La Sapienza of Rome by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture issued a warning, among other things, regarding contemporary church architecture.

Barcelona Catechism
by Pablo Alvarez Funes
A few days after the consecration of the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona by His Holiness Benedict XVI, the famous Gaudí building was awarded with the Barcelona Prize for Architecture and Planning as the best project built in the city in 2010.

In addition to the above, the following are also found in this issue:

The Cathedral of Saint Mel
by James O’Brien

David Mayernik’s San Cresci Cycle
by Matthew Alderman

Sculpturalism and Skeletonism
by Noah A Waldman

Book Reviews

The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm
Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic
Roma Felix - Formation and Reflections of Medieval Rome
Staging the Liturgy: The Medieval Altarpiece in the Iberian Peninsula

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