Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1

Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1

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"[...]showed an intimate knowledge of Biblical lore that would do credit to the most ardent theological student. At Nimes, by no means the richest church in carvings, there are besides the Last Judgment and the reward of the Evil and the Righteous, -which even a superficial Christian should know, -many of the stories of the Book of Genesis. At Arles, there is the Dream of Jacob, the Dream of Joseph, the Annunciation, the Nativity, Purification, Massacre of the Innocents, the Flight into Egypt; almost a Bible in stone. In these days of books and haste few would take the trouble to study such sculptured tales. But their importance to the unlettered people of the Middle Ages cannot be overestimated; and the incentive to magnificence of artistic conception was correspondingly great. The main era of Cathedral building is the same all over France. But with the general date, all arbitrary parallel between North and South abruptly ends. The North began the evolution of the Gothic, a new form indigenous to its soil; the South continued the Romanesque, her evolution of a transplanted style, and long knew no other. She had grown accustomed to give northward, -not to receive; and it was the reign of Saint Louis before she began to assimilate the architectural ideas of the[...].""show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 5.84mm | 208.65g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507680538
  • 9781507680537
  • 2,468,159

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