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Amiens Cathedral


Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens), is by far the most famous building in Amiens.
  • The cathedral was constructed between 1220 and 1247, after a fire destroyed a previous cathedral on the site. The building is constructed in three tiers in the Gothic style, and is the largest in France of its kind.

  • Particularly noteworthy features including the beautiful sculptures and the inlays in The floor.

  • Amiens cathedral has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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High Gothic the Classic Cathedrals of Chartres, Reims and Amiens

By Hans Jantzen

Brand: Princeton University Press
Paperback (225 pages)

High Gothic the Classic Cathedrals of Chartres, Reims and Amiens
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This engaging study introduces the reader to one of the greatest achievements of Western art: the climactic phase of Gothic architecture in the first half of the thirteenth century. Through a comparative analysis of the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Amiens, the author illuminates the technical, theological, artistic, and social factors that formed the High Gothic synthesis. Drawing on a lifetime of scholarship, he successively characterizes the different parts of the Gothic cathedral and describes the human context of the three great buildings.

Notre Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Power of Change in Gothic

By Stephen Murray

Cambridge University Press
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Notre Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Power of Change in Gothic
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This book is a comprehensive study of one of the most ambitious building programmes of the high middle ages. Offering a new approach to the traditional building monograph, Stephen Murray critically re-examines the documentary, archaeological, and historiographical evidence and contemporary theological debates, as well as the social, political and economic contexts in which Amiens was conceived and erected. By reintegrating these various data, Murray proposes a new chronology for the cathedral and, moreover, reconceptualises our understanding of the nature of medieval building campaigns, emphasising the dynamics of change that occurred during the course of construction. This revisionist study includes a newly-surveyed plan of Amiens, transcripts of key documents, and 195 black and white illustrations, many made especially for this edition.

Amiens Cathedral - A Fragment from the History of St. Salvius - Print

By Axel Herman Haig

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By Axel Herman Haig. Published by the Fine Art Society 1905. Verso is blank. Including margins the total size is approximately 7 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches. Includes tissue guard. From a collection of disbound catalogs and books.

Amiens Cathedral - Detail of the Choir Screen - Print

By Axel Herman Haig

Fine Art Society
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By Axel Herman Haig. Published by the Fine Art Society 1905. Verso is blank. Including margins the total size is approximately 7 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches. Includes tissue guard. From a collection of disbound catalogs and books.

The Cathedral Church of Amiens: A Short History and Description of Its Fabric

By Thomas Perkins

Brand: Nabu Press
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The Cathedral Church of Amiens: A Short History and Description of Its Fabric
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The Weeping Angel: Letters and Poems from World War I France

By Hubert Williams Kelley

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Posters in Kansas City adorned the army recruitment center: "Join up and be in France in 60 days." Working as a soldier on the railroads in war-torn northern France during World War I, Hubert Kelley found his vocation as a poet and writer. This is the story of a boy's journey into adulthood told through his vivid letters home written from 1917 to 1919. The Weeping Angel (L'Ange Pleureur) statue in the Amiens Cathedral came to symbolize the sadness of war to him and his fellow soldiers, and he visited it often. His poems and selected later writings are included in this volume.

"The Weeping Angel draws on one of the richest surviving collections of First World War letters to bring to life one of Uncle Sam's most remarkable-and thoughtful-doughboys. In this compelling book, Mary Kelley restores the human story to one corner of an inhuman war. Whether they've read one book about the war or fifty, readers will be surprised and engaged by The Weeping Angel."
-Christopher Capozzola, author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

"It's a wonderful book with so much compelling material...Kelley's essay, 'A Memory of Amiens,' is extraordinary. The Weeping Angel rescues a wonderful voice from the period, as well as the story of a remarkable regiment that is too little known."
-Steven Trout, author of On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941

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Amiens the Cathedral of Notre-Dame

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Amiens Cathedral: (Somme) (Itineraires Du Patrimoine)

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Amiens Cathedral is the largest cathedral in France and, with the exception of Beauvais, the highest. It was built exceptionally quickly; the fabric was completed in a mere 70 years, from 1220 to 1290. This masterpiece of Gothic art, skilfully mastered architectonic techniques - the systematic use of flying buttresses and tripartite elevation - culminates in the achievement of an accomplished style, particularly in its portal statuary. Situated in the heart of a city which was plagued by bombardments in 1940, the cathedral, nevertheless, managed to maintain a great deal of its ancient environment: to the north, the episcopal palace, and the 18th-century canonical area to the south. Not only has the cathedral preserved some of the major pieces of 13th and 14th-century stained-glass, but it managed to majestically combine its decor with its furnishings. These date from the 16th-century (choir screen) to the 19th-century (decoration of the apse chapels by Viollet-le-Duc). Thus, while touring the cathedral, the visitor encounters a veritable decorative anthology.


 
 
 

 
 
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