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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
Released: 1984-03-21
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
Hardcover (256 pages)

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.

Choir-Stalls at Amiens Cathedral

By C. Tracy

Brand: Spire Books
Hardcover (208 pages)

Choir-Stalls at Amiens Cathedral
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A superbly illustrated study of one of the greatest examples of monumental joinery and carving in the world. The Amiens stalls date from early 16th century and are without doubt the finest of their time. Apart from their beautiful flamboyant architecture, they contain a treasury of narrative and decorative carvings. In this masterly and scholarly work, the authors examine when the stalls were made, who produced them, their iconography and architecture. There is an evaluation of the furniture's crucial art-historical significance, particularly in respect of its unmistakable Italian Renaissance influence. But uniquely, and for the first time, the structure and joinery has been carefully analysed and explained.

Table of Contents


Part 1 The monument in context
1 Chronology of the choir-stall building programme and associated events
2 An introduction to the joinery
3 The carvers
4 The fleur-de-lys
5 The architecture of the stalls
6 Stylistic context
7 Speculation on the hidden face of joinery of the stalls

Part 2 The structural carpentry and joinery of the stalls
8 Introduction to Part 2
9 The construction and assembly of the stalls
10 The joinery techniques – concepts, ideals and history
11 The techniques used to realise the concepts
12 Specific joinery features apparently unique to Amiens
13 Later changes made to the stalls
14 A north-south analysis of the stalls
15 Damage to the stalls and its significance
16 Postscript

Subject matter of carvings on misericords, substall ends and in other locations

Glossary of terms
Abbreviations and select bibliography

Notre-Dame of Amiens: Life of the Gothic Cathedral (Columbiana)

By Stephen Murray

Columbia University Press
Released: 2020-07-20
Kindle Edition

Notre-Dame of Amiens: Life of the Gothic Cathedral (Columbiana)
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Notre-Dame of Amiens is one of the great Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in 1220, and artistic production in the Gothic mode lasted well into the sixteenth century. In this magisterial chronicle, Stephen Murray invites readers to see the cathedral as more than just a thing of the past: it is a living document of medieval Christian society that endures in our own time.

Murray tells the cathedral’s story from the overlapping perspectives of the social groups connected to it, exploring the ways that the layfolk who visit the cathedral occasionally, the clergy who use it daily, and the artisans who created it have interacted with the building over the centuries. He considers the cycles of human activity around the cathedral and shows how groups of makers and users have been inextricably intertwined in collaboration and, occasionally, conflict. The book travels around and through the spaces of the cathedral, allowing us to re-create similar passages by our medieval predecessors. Murray reveals the many worlds of the cathedral and brings them together in the architectural triumph of its central space.

A beautifully illustrated account of a grand and historically and religiously important building from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of time periods, this book offers readers a memorable tour of Notre-Dame of Amiens that celebrates the cathedral’s eight hundredth anniversary in 2020.

Notre-Dame of Amiens is enhanced by high-resolution images, liturgical music, and animations embedded in an innovative website.

Amiens Cathedral: (Somme) (Itineraires Du Patrimoine)

By J-C Cappronnier

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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.

Amiens the Cathedral of Notre-Dame

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