Cathedrals and Cloisters of the Isle de France (Including Bourges, Troyes, Reims, and Rouen)

Cathedrals and Cloisters of the Isle de France (Including Bourges, Troyes, Reims, and Rouen)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...like a becoming bonnet. A Madonna in decadence she is, though, for all, or rather by reason of all, her prettiness and her gay soubrette's smile..-.. But they could still carve in the XIV century, and the Virgin and her hawthorneblossom lintel are well worth your looking at." The Mother of the facade is stronger and more earnest. Her statue combines majesty of style with true religious thought. She is akin to the Queen of the portal of Paris, but she is more sympathetic, more spiritual and beautiful. "On the pedestal which bears her, the birth of Eve and the fall of Adam are carved; her foot crushes the serpent's head; she is grave, she extends her hand in mercy. She seems like a divinity, and she receives homage and accepts it. Her Child, like His Mother, is calm and dignified,"--He is the long-expected Jesus, the Christ. It is, naturally, the central portal which holds the most vital lessons of this "Bible of Amiens"; and it is interesting to compare its Scenes of the Last Judgment with the more poignant Drama of the central tympanum of Notre-Dame of Paris, to study the marked characterisation of the Greater Prophets, the youthful piety of Daniel, the quiet power of Jeremiah, the meditative thoughtfulness of Ezekiel, and the majestic strength of Isaiah. It is not less interesting to study the individualities of the Apostles, perhaps more finely and clearly defined in this portal than in any other work of mediaeval sculpture, --Saint John is, as always, young; vSaint Thomas is tall and resolute, Saint Paul's fore head denotes thought, and each of the other Disciples bears the particular mark of power or of goodness for which he was chosen. All interest of the portal, however, centres in Christ, the Fountain-Head, Who is...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576365
  • 9781236576361