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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

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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

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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.

The Cathedral Church of Amiens: A Short History and Description of Its Fabric (Classic Reprint)

By Thomas Perkins

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Mr. Ruskin goes on to tell us what, in his Opinion, were the principles which actuated the Gothic architect. The purpose of a good Gothic builder was to raise, with the native stone of the place he had to build in, an edifice as high and as spacious as he could, with calculable and visible security, in no protracted time, and with no monstrous or oppressive com pulsion of human labour. And if this was his object, the builder of St. Mary's Cathedral Church at Amiens succeeded. He built the noble pile with stone from the banks of the Somme, one bishop laid the foundation stone of the church and the next gave thanks for the completion thereof, the cost of building was borne locally, and the church was so well built that its lofty vault has stood unmoved from the thirteenth century to the twentieth. Time has weathered its carved stone work, repairs have been necessary from time to time, restora tion, unnecessary in some cases, has been carried out but the various Supports were so skilfully adjusted, the conditions of equilibrium so accurately calculated, that no rebuilding has had to be resorted to, to make good actual, or to avert impending ruin. The lofty windows of the Clerestory were made large enough to admit sufficient light in a region where the skies are not always cloudless, yet without weakening at all the supports of the high vault the ornament was sufficient for its beauty, yet yielding to no wanton enthusiasm in expenditure, nor insolent or giddy or selfish ostentation of skill 3 and the exterior sculptures were carved not as mere ornaments to enrich the building, but with a view of teaching a generation that had no printed books to read, and could not purchase manuscripts, nort/ read them had they been able to purchase them, the facts and legends that the Church thought it needful for all her faithful children to know. We in these modern days, when a church is built, employ an architect to draw a design and to supervise the working drawings made in his office, and get workmen to copy the designs in stone - design and drawing and carving being all done in accordance with rules of architectural propriety - and6 amiens cathedral.
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The Cathedral Church of Amiens: A Short History and Description of Its Fabric - Scholar's Choice Edition

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

By Axel Herman Haig

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Amiens Cathedral - Detail of the Choir Screen - Print

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Choir Stalls at Amiens Cathedral

By Charles Tracy and Hugh Harrison

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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. explained.Charles Tracy isg authority church furniture in wood and is well-known for his extensive publications. Hugh Harrison is the foremost woodwork conservator in Britain who was recently involved in the conservation of the 13th-century painted nave ceiling at Peterborough Cathedral.

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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