Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, by Kathleen Nolan,Dany Sandron

By Kathleen Nolan,Dany Sandron

The touchstones of Gothic enormous paintings in France - the abbey church of Saint-Denis and the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Bourges - shape the center of this assortment devoted to the reminiscence of Anne Prache. The essays replicate the impression of Prache’s occupation, either as a pupil of wide-ranging pursuits and as a builder of bridges among the French and American educational groups. hence the authors comprise students in France and the us, either teachers and museum pros, whereas the thematic matrix of the e-book, divided into structure, stained glass, and sculpture, displays the a number of media explored by way of Prache in the course of her lengthy profession. The essays hire a diverse variety of methodologies to discover Gothic monuments. The chapters within the architectural part contain a thorough archeological research of the rules of Reims Cathedral, the shut interpreting of a past due medieval literary textual content for a symbolic realizing of Paris, and essays that discover the medieval use of useful geometry in designing whole structures and their elements. Saint-Denis, Reims, and Chartres, all monuments studied through Prache, are mentioned within the subsequent half, on stained glass. those chapters exhibit how outdated difficulties might be clarified by way of new facts, even if from the accessibility of formerly unknown archival info, for Reims, or via revelations that come up from recovery, at Chartres. those essays additionally comprise a examine exhibiting the complexity of constructing attributions for the storied glass of Saint-Denis. the ultimate set of essays likewise takes diverse ways to sculpture, no matter if developing hyperlinks to the liturgy at Reims, or discussing the that means of a sculptural ensemble studied by way of Prache early in her occupation, the cloister of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne, or scrupulously analyzing the façade sculpture at Bourges Cathedral for insights into the layout technique. As a complete, the amount offers a window onto key instructions within the research of

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