The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, on the Ile de la Cite in the river Seine, is one of the jewels of the French capital and one of Europe's masterpieces of Gothic architecture. This is the most detailed and lavishly illustrated book on the cathedral available in English.
Medieval specialist Alain Erlande-Brandenburg shows how the present breathtaking structure was the result of a series of progressively daring and inspired building projects begun in the 12th century and erected over the foundations of an ancient cathedral. He recounts in detail the history of the current cathedral's construction and its restoration in the 19th century, and pays particular attention to Notre-Dame's abundant sculpture, especially the moving remnants of the 12th and 13th centuries now preserved in the Musee de Cluny, and the spectacular stained-glass windows.
The constant mirroring of image and text in this sumptuously illustrated volume beautifully evokes the awe-inspiring monument that continues to attract countless visitors from around the world.
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 14.50(h) x 1.00(d)|