Chautauquan Volume 62

Chautauquan Volume 62

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...The glass of the windows above them is modern, but here, on the soft gray-green Early English glass of the "Sisters," you can see, as in the old days, in delicate tints the pattern of the Herb Benet with variously colored medallions subtly interspersed, and at the foot of the central light a panel of Norman glass. Legend naturally busied itself in connecting the window designs with the embroidery of five sisters who resisted all attempts to allure them into a convent and finally slept in the cathedral where the light from the windows fell upon their tombstones. You find some of the loveliest carving in the cathedral in these transepts. Notice especially the shafts supporting the stone vaults of the aisles. The architect evidently delighted in his triforium and made it unusually prominent. He enriched it with contrasts of dark and light stone, carved rosettes between the sharp pointed arches, set plate tracery of quatrefoils and cinquefoils above them, .and covered each group with a wide arch carved with the new dog tooth moulding, then superseding the beautiful Norman devices of an earlier time. An opera glass makes it possible to enjoy these charming details. The wide arch has been criticised by architects as "sprawling." You will find it interesting to compare this with a similar flattened arch in the triforium at Salisbury, and both of these with the different form adopted at Westminster 'Abbey and by Hugh of Lincoln. An extraordinary feature of these transepts is the disagreement between the pier arches next to the tower and the triforium scheme above them. The puzzle is explained when you learn that the bays next the tower on all four sides were originally made narrower than the others to span the narrow...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789377
  • 9781236789372