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Notre Dame, Cathedral of Amiens

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

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 1999
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521497350

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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.

    • Comprehensive treatment of entire cathedral, including sculpture
    • Includes a wide-range of documentary sources such as transcripts of key texts and an accurate ground-plan
    • Construction of a critically self-conscious framework for the location of our understanding of the cathedral
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    'Stephen Murray's interpretation rests on detailed observation of the physical structure, allied to a close reading of the surviving documents.' The Art Newspaper

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521497350
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 224 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.38kg
    • contains: 211 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 1999
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to the study of Amiens cathedral
    2. City and cathedral
    3. Cathedral plan, space and structure
    4. The start of construction, 1220s–1230s
    5. Signs of change, 1230s–1260s
    6. Names in the labyrinth: the problems of authorship
    7. Façades
    8. The portals: access to redemption.

  • Author

    Stephen Murray, Columbia University, New York

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