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

By Kathleen Nolan,Dany Sandron

The touchstones of Gothic huge artwork 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 effect 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. therefore the authors contain students in France and the USA, either lecturers and museum pros, whereas the thematic matrix of the publication, divided into structure, stained glass, and sculpture, displays the a number of media explored by means of Prache in the course of her lengthy occupation. The essays hire a assorted variety of methodologies to discover Gothic monuments. The chapters within the architectural part contain a radical archeological research of the principles of Reims Cathedral, the shut examining of a overdue medieval literary textual content for a symbolic knowing of Paris, and essays that discover the medieval use of sensible geometry in designing complete structures and their elements. Saint-Denis, Reims, and Chartres, all monuments studied via Prache, are mentioned within the subsequent half, on stained glass. those chapters exhibit how previous difficulties should be clarified through new facts, no matter if from the accessibility of formerly unknown archival details, for Reims, or via revelations that come up from recovery, at Chartres. those essays additionally contain a learn displaying the complexity of creating attributions for the storied glass of Saint-Denis. the ultimate set of essays likewise takes assorted techniques to sculpture, even if developing hyperlinks to the liturgy at Reims, or discussing the that means of a sculptural ensemble studied via Prache early in her profession, 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 strategy. As an entire, the quantity presents a window onto key instructions within the examine of

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