Cathedral Engineers

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Cathedral Engineers

  • 1984 ----- color ----- 28 min ----- 16mm
  • Armed only with simple tools and rudimentary mathematics bands of skilled artisans worked wonders in glass and stone at Bourges, Chartres, Bouvais and other cathedrals across Europe. Robert Mark, Princeton University, provides insight into the intricacies of barrel vaults and flying buttresses. Shows the progression from the massive walls and small window-openings of the Romanesque church to the soaring structures of the Gothic. Shows how 20th century American apprentices working on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City are emulating the master craftsmen of medieval Europe.
  • Topics: (Architecture, Art: History, Civil Engineering)