Despite it s weight I couldn t resist lugging it to Beauvais and around France with me 10 stars out of 5 I really wish similar works existed for. The cathedral of Saint Pierre in Beauvais France is most famous as a failure its choir vaults came crashing down in 1284 and only secondarily for its soaring beauty This lavishly illustrated and elegantly written book represents the first serious look at the stunning collection of Gothic stained glass windows that has always dominated the experience of those who enter Beauvais Cathedral Chapter by chapter Michael Cothren traces the glazing through four successive campaigns that bridged the century between.
Other great laces It distinguishes with clarity and specificity in what century or decade the different works and details were done For me the. The 1240s and the 1340s The reader is transported back in history gaining fascinating insight into what the glazing of Beauvais actually would have looked like as well as what it would have communicated to those who freuented the cathedral Contrary to the widespread assumption that these windows are heavily restored Cothren shows that they are in fact surprisingly well reserved especially in light of the cathedral's infamous history of architectural disaster More importantly Cothren goes far to dismantle.
Details of restorations done after the 15th century are unimportant but its refreshing to get too much information rather than too little or none. A long held misconception about medieval ainted windows and indeed monumental medieval The Giver: An Instructional Guide for Literature: 1 pictorial art in general the notion that it was conceived androduced as a substitute text for ignorant illiterate folks Communications Skills Handbook providing for them a Bible of the Poor Indeed Cothren shows us that stained glass windows rich with shaded meanings functioned like sermon than scripture As an ensemble they created a radiant interpretive backdrop that explicated and situated theerformance of the Mass in this giant liturgical theat.