Cathedrals and Cloisters of Northern France; French Flanders. Normandy. Brittany

Cathedrals and Cloisters of Northern France; French Flanders. Normandy. Brittany

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...exquisite foliated sculptures. The south door was restored in the XVII century by the Claude Auvry who, before being Bishop of Coutances, was the extraordinary chorister of the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris, the hero of Boileau's "Lutrin." Graceful patterns, and especially leafy designs, are here, as elsewhere in the north, the favoured ornamental devices of the architects; and the only marked exception to the rule is the row of seven statues of XIV century style which stand under dais on the buttresses of the northern chapels. Their history is curious. "Several Cathedrals," writes the Abbe Pigeon, "like Paris, Reims, and Amiens, had their Galleries of the Kings; but the monarchs, ... placed... at the... summit of the facade, were ancestors of the Blessed Virgin, rulers of Judah, who did not belong to the country" of France. "Coutances alone had the honour of placing under the eyes of her children courageous princes born of her own blood," Tancred and the six of his sons who were most distinguished, "who covered themselves with fame in Italy and were ever the defenders of Popes and of noble causes." The lateral walls of Notre-Dame have a lower story decorated with the handsome Gothic windows of the chapels and a balcony, and the higher story, which is of an earlier, kindred type. The pinnacled flying-buttresses have none of the tremendous might of those at Paris and none of the richness of those at Amiens, --and in their stiffness and formality, they are consonant with the simpler dignity of Coutances. No half meed of praise should be bestowed on the transepts. Romanesque parts can be discovered in their western and eastern sides, but it is not ancient remains, it is the massive chapel, succeeded by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639049
  • 9781236639042