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- DescriptionThough long recognized as one of the most beautiful works from the second half of the thirteenth century, the magnificent sculptural program of the reverse faA ade at Reims Cathedral has received little in the way of scholarly attention. Interpreting the icography in the light of Latin texts associated with the building, its history and its ceremonial use, Donna Sadler assesses the significance of the reverse faA ade in light of other thirteenth-century visual programs associated with the court of Louis IX. The book's chapters deal with the history of the cathedral and its architectural antecedents; the icographic message of the visual program, the meaning of the reverse faA ade and how it intersects with the overall icography; the function of the verso and how it is enhanced by the marriage of form and content; and a consideration of contemporary works linked to the court of Saint Louis, concluding with a brief look at the new roles sculpture assumes as it migrates inside cathedrals. Ultimately this book reveals how the imagery on the reverse faA ade t only conforms to a system of memory and mode of medieval narratology, but also articulates a dominant ideological position regarding the interdependence of ecclesiastical and royal powers.
- Author BiographyDonna L. Sadler is Professor of Art History at Agnes Scott College, USA.
- Author(s)Donna L. Sadler
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication26/09/2012
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 4 colour and 66 b&w illustrations
- Weight902 g
- Width174 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine22 mm
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