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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The left portal (Porte St-Jean) is an important survivor of the 12th-century Early Gothic period. The tympanum depicts the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. In the lower register, Salome performs a balancing act (like a medieval jongleur) before King Herod, John is executed, and his head is presented on a platter. The upper register illustrates the legend that John was taken into heaven in ecstasy just before his death.

    The present building comprises an aisled nave of 11 bays, with a series…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    This has been attributed to Jean Goujon. However, the marble sculptures on the tomb (1544) of Louis de Brézé, husband of Diane de Poitiers, do not correspond to Goujon’s style in execution; it is possible that he provided only the design for this remarkable two-storey classical structure, which has Corinthian columns on the lower tier and pairs of caryatids articulating the upper register.

    The present building comprises an aisled nave of 11 bays, with a series of aisle chapels, and an ap…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture, where the kings of France were once crowned. It was begun in 1211 and completed at the end of the 13th century, with the exception of the upper parts of the western towers. The cathedral is frequently compared to Chartres, which was begun some 15 years earlier, but also the choir plan derives directly from that of the nearby church of St Remi. Inscriptions included the names of four master masons; Jean d'Orb…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    This may be the damaged north transept trumeau socle; the relief probably relates to the local legend of a merchant who sold a false measure of cloth to his clients, was accused by his peers and finally repented before a statue of the Virgin and Child.

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture, where the kings of France were once crowned. It was begun in 1211 and completed at the end of the 13th century, with the exception of the upper parts of the west…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Inside the cathedral are the tomb of Francis II, Duke of Brittany and of his wife Marguerite de Foix, (the parents of Anne of Brittany), made at the beginning of the 16th century by Michel Colombe and Jean Perréal.

    The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891. The first architect in charge was Guillaume de Dammartin who was later replaced by Mathurin Rodier. The construction began wit…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Work on the cloister began with the northern gallery, then the eastern gallery, which were finished around 1210-1220. The third capital of the eastern gallery shows the Annunciation to the shepherds, with two startled goats climbing the Tree of Life.

    The outer walls of the present cathedral of St Trophîme are normally assigned to the Carolingian period. The church was reconstructed with a nave and aisles in the Romanesque style during the first quarter of the 12th century, and a new Gothic c…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The present building comprises an aisled nave of 11 bays, with a series of aisle chapels, and an apsidal choir with an ambulatory and three spaced radiating chapels. The substantial transept arms are aisled on both sides, with large eastern chapels, and developed portals flanked by towers. A massive lantern tower lights the crossing. The two western towers, the Tour St. Romain (1160-1170) to the north and the Tour de Beurre to the south, flank the façade, rising beyond rather than above the w…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Marble and alabaster tomb in the choir of Rouen Cathedral, which depicted the deceased kneeling. Completed in 1523, it was transformed in 1525 to serve as a cenotaph for Georges II as well. The monument is profusely carved and includes Virtues, Saints, Apostles, a prominent relief of St George and the Dragon, and others with Italianate candelabra, swags and grotesques. Roulland Le Roux was overseer, assisted by the sculptors João de Ruão, who began the weepers, Mathieu Laignel (fl 1513-25), R…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Dedicated to Notre-Dame, Chartres Cathedral acquired strong associations with the cult of the Virgin. Most of the 12th- and 13th-century sculpture and stained glass survive, to make the cathedral one of the most ‘complete’ medieval buildings in existence. The present cathedral was built after a fire in 1194; of the earlier church only the 11th-century crypt and the 12th-century western block survive. The cathedral, built of limestone, is about 34 m high and 130 m long internally. It h…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The cathedral, dedicated to Notre-Dame, is a classic example of 13th-century architecture and sculpture. Built between 1220 and ca. 1270, it replaced a complex of episcopal buildings. The names of the architects are known from the labyrinth (destroyed 18th century; reconstructed 1894-1897) that in 1288 was set into the floor of the nave: Robert de Luzarches, Thomas de Cormont and Regnault de Cormont. The cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, with the greatest interior volume …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Center is a replica of Our Lady, the central trumeau, south portal of west facade

    The cathedral, dedicated to Notre-Dame, is a classic example of 13th-century architecture and sculpture. Built between 1220 and ca. 1270, it replaced a complex of episcopal buildings. The names of the architects are known from the labyrinth (destroyed 18th century; reconstructed 1894-1897) that in 1288 was set into the floor of the nave: Robert de Luzarches, Thomas de Cormont and Regnault de Cormont. The cathed…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The left, Last Judgment, portal originally gave access to the eastern walk of the cloister and probably dates from ca. 1225-1230. The tympanum shows Christ the Judge, displaying his wounds and flanked by the kneeling figures of the Virgin and St John the Baptist and angels holding Instruments of the Passion. The jamb figures, representing six Apostles, flank the trumeau statue of Christ.

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture, where the kings of Fran…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01