Master Builders of Byzantium

UPenn Museum of Archaeology, 2008 - 320 Seiten

Examining Byzantine architecture—primarily churches built in the area of Constantinople between the ninth and fifteenth centuries—from the perspective of its masons, its master builders, Robert Ousterhout identifies the problems commonly encountered in the process of design and construction. He analyzes written evidence, the archaeological record, and especially the surviving buildings, concluding that Byzantine architecture was far more innovative than has previously been acknowledged.

Ousterhout explains how masons selected, manufactured, and utilized materials from bricks and mortar to lead roofing tiles, from foundation systems to roof vaultings. He situates richly decorated church interiors, sheathed in marble revetments, mosaics, and frescoes—along with their complex iconographic programs—within the purview of the master builder, referring also to masons in Russia, the Balkans, and Jerusalem.


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introduction The Prohlem ofByzantine Architecture
chapter two The Mysterious Disappearing Architect and His Patron 39
chapter three Drawing the Line and Knowing the Ropes 58
chapter four Buildings That Change 86
chapter five Building Materials 128
chapter six The Construction of Foundations and Walls 157
chapter seven Structural Design Structural Expression
Creating the Decorated Interior 234

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Über den Autor (2008)

Robert Ousterhout is Professor of Byzantine Art and Architecture and Director of the Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

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