Index of Gothic all

William I Duke of Normandy - Rouen Cathedral.

 

This tomb of William I Duke of Normandy (d942) in Rouen Cathedral dates from the 14th century. The earlier burial had been in the ancient sanctuary near the end of what is now the nave.

 

Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy - Gloucester Cathedral

 

Robert Curthose (d1134) effigy, of painted Irish bog oak, was made about 100 years after his death.

 

Gothic Sculpture

Characterized from the early simplicity of naturalistic figures to the late excessively enriched elegance and elaborate clothing of the figures in the later period, the subject matter of Gothic sculpture featured the mysticism of the mid to late medieval age with an emphasis on suffering and emotion.

 

Glass panels from Saint-Denis

 

 

"Presentation in the Temple" panel originally from Saint-Denis near Paris (c1145).

 

 

 

 

 

Chartres Cathedral

 

Chartres Cathedral has some of the most beautiful medieval stained glass windows to have survive the upheavals of the last 800 years. The earliest date from the mid 12th century, but most are from the 13th century.

 

 

Blue Virgin

 

 

Set into a 13th century window this image of the Virgin and Child (c1150) is made up of four panels. The blue halo and clothing of Mary are set against a red background.

 

 

 

Notre-Dame de Chartres

Designated a World heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres was built from between 1145 and 1250. It's high nave is spanned by ogival pointed arches to form the vault, and the walls are supported by double flying buttresses. Chartres is the first building to have used buttresses as a structural element.

 

Chartres Cathedral is also unique in having retained almost all of its original 12th and 13th century stained glass.

Confessors - Chartres Cathedral

 

In addition to the martyrs, the south porch contains a sequence of images of those that had proclaimed Christian beliefs during periods of suppression (confessors).

Martyrs - Chartres Cathedral

 

 

The south porch of Chartres Cathedral contains a series of sculptures, that were made between 1194 and 1230, on the subject of the martyrdom of saints.

 

 

Portal Of St. Anne

The portal of St Anne on the right of the western façade was built in 1200 and is the earliest of the three portals to be built. The tympanum is actually dated to about 1150 and was once part of the earlier cathedral of St. Stephen whose western façade was once 40 metres to the west of the present Cathedral.

 

 

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