Picturing the Celestial City: The Medieval Stained Glass of Beauvais Cathedral

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Februar 2006



""Picturing the Celestial City" presents the Gothic stained glass of Beauvais Cathedral in the first and only serious scholarly venture ever undertaken, and it does so superbly. Beauvais is one of the great French Gothic cathedrals discussed in every architectural survey--the tallest and the 'final' one of the series, its audacity checkmated by the collapse of the high vaults in 1284. Cothren has a magnificent command of the growing body of research about it and makes an enormous contribution to the research. His scholarship is sound and thorough, and his writing is fluent, graceful, and convincing."--Meredith P. Lillich, Syracuse University"Not only will this book--by a scholar in high esteem in the field--be a staple for scholars and students of medieval stained glass. Addressing as it does the medieval life of the cathedral in a broadly defined spirit, it will also be welcomed by those interested generally in Gothic architecture and medieval architecture who seek insight into the entire cathedral and its life."--Stephen Murray, Columbia University


Preface xi Introduction 1 CHAPTER I: The First Campaign Glazing the Virgin Chapel during the 1240s 5 CHAPTER II: The Second Campaign The Original Glazing of the Upper Choir, ca. 1255-1265 101 CHAPTER III: The Third Campaign Post-Collapse Repair and Refurbishment in Chapels during the 1290s 125 CHAPTER IV: The Fourth Campaign Restorers and Creators, Working Upstairs and Down in the 1340s 151 CONCLUSION 193 APPENDIX A: Transformation and Restoration of the Medieval Glazing: A Brief History 201 APPENDIX B: Stained Glass from the Saint-John Chapel, Now in the Musee de Picardie, Amiens 207 APPENDIX C: The Houses of Roche Guyon and the Chatelains of Beauvais in the Fourteenth Century 213 NOTES 215 BIBLIOGRAPHY 255 index 267 PHOTOGRAPH AND ILLUSTRATION credits 277


Michael W. Cothren is Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College and consultative curator at the Glencairn Museum, home to one of the most distinguished collections of medieval stained glass in the United States.


[T]his is a splendid selection of both archival and recent photographs that provides excellent visual documentation... [T]his book ... without a doubt constitutes the most accessible scholarly study of the 13th- and 14th- century glazing of Beauvais Cathedral to date and is likely long to remain so... Cothren hs not only worked out the chronology of the glas brilliantly; he presents it here with admirable clarity. -- James Bugslag Journal of Stained Glass Cothren's agility in choosing the appropriate means with which to tease out a possible solution to a given problem allows him to embrace the multifaceted approach crucial to an understanding of the monument as a whole. His visual observations of the figural as well as physiognomic style in each window, carried out on a microanalytic level, elicit questions and suggestions that lead to the most complete investigation of the glazing program of Beauvais up to the present time. -- Mary Weitzel Gibbons Church History
EAN: 9780691120805
ISBN: 0691120803
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 276 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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