This is an English-language study on the architecture and art of medieval France of the Romanesque and Gothic periods between 1000-1500. In addition to essays on individual monuments there are general discussions of given periods and specific problems such as: why did Gothic come into being? Whitney Stoddard explores the interrelationship between all forms of medieval ecclesiastical art and characterization of the Gothic cathedral, which he believes to have an almost metaphysical basis.
Table of Contents
Romanesque France * Historical Background * The Monastic Site * The Monastic Plan * The Romanesque Church * Evolution of Romanesque Architecture * Variety in Romanesque Architecture * Romanesque Sculpture and Painting Early Gothic Of The Twelfth Century * Historical Background * The Abbey of Saint-Denis * The Cathedral of Sens * The Cathedral of Noyon * The Cathedral of Laon * The Cathedral of Paris * Notre-Dame at Mantes * Early Gothic Sculpture and Painting High Gothic Of The Early Thirteenth Century * Historical Background * The Cathedral of Chartres * The Cathedral of Soissons * The Cathedral of Reims * The Cathedral of Amiens * The Cathedral of Bourges * The Cathedral of Beauvais * Saint-Leu dEsserent and Rampillon * High Gothic Sculpture and Painting From Rayonnant To Flamboyant * Historical Background * Rayonnant Architecture * Flamboyant Architecture * Secular Architecture * Late Gothic Sculpture * Illuminated Manuscripts * Tapestries The Treasures Of Monasteries And Cathedrals * Art of the Treasuries of Monasteries and Cathedrals
Whitney S Stoddard