Johann Josef Böker

Der Wiener Stephansdom [St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna]

Architecture as a symbol of the House of Austria

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna is probably the most readily recognisable building in Austria; accordingly, generations of researchers have puzzled over its complex history. Many questions, however, still remain unanswered.
On the basis of his work Architektur der Gotik (published by Verlag Anton Pustet)and after a minute study of the building itself, Böker presents here a completely new building history of the Cathedral, which deviates from the previous chronology in a number of decisive points. Thus Rudolf IV – hitherto seen as having commissioned the staggered nave – had the alterations carried out on the Albertine choir and initiated the building of the first tower, traces of which have been revealed in the existing south tower. For the first time, the identity of the architect who constructed the nave (now assessed as belonging entirely to the 15th century) along with the north tower has been established as Laurenz Spenning, who thus emerges from the shade of the legendary Hanns Puchsbaum. It is of socio-political interest that a wide range of social classes – Duke, clergy and citizens – cooperated on the common task of building, irrespective of all the political conflicts of the time.
The reproduction of the Gothic ground-plans relating to St. Stephen's Cathedral and Peter Kodera's photographs showing the Cathedral in all aspects of its design make Böker's work a true bibliophilic delight.

With photographs by Peter Kodera and original ground-plans from the Copperplate Engraving Collection of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.


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Details zum Buch
Pages 344 Seiten
Illustrations copious illustrations
Format 22 x 33 cm
Binding linen with dust-jacket
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-3-7025-0566-0
Language German

Categories: Architecture | History | Austria