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The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity By Michael Camille,

  • Title: The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity
  • Author: Michael Camille
  • ISBN: 9780226092454
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century The first comprehensive history of these world famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre Dame argues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth ceMost of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century The first comprehensive history of these world famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre Dame argues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth century cathedral into a modern monument.Michael Camille begins his long awaited study by recounting architect Eug ne Viollet le Duc s ambitious restoration of the structure from 1843 to 1864, when the gargoyles were designed, sculpted by the little known Victor Pyanet, and installed These gargoyles, Camille contends, were not mere avatars of the Middle Ages, but rather fresh creations symbolizing an imagined past whose modernity lay precisely in their nostalgia He goes on to map the critical reception and many layered afterlives of these chimeras, notably in the works of such artists and writers as Charles M ryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of high kitsch, Camille ultimately locates the gargoyles place in the twentieth century imagination, exploring interpretations by everyone from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company.Lavishly illustrated with than three hundred images of its monumental yet whimsical subjects, The Gargoyles of Notre Dame is a must read for historians of art and architecture and anyone whose imagination has been sparked by the lovable monsters gazing out over Paris from one of the world s most renowned vantage points.
    The Gargoyles of Notre Dame Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed u

    One thought on “The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity”

    1. Camille left us with a really thoughtful, well written exploration of the medievalism of notre dame and her famous inhabitants the gargoyles He explores the intersection between public perception of the gargoyles and the physical and social changes in the city Truly a magnificent read and filled with wonderful photos and graphics.

    2. Look no further for a comprehensive history on 19th 21st century medievalism than the Gargoyles of Notre Dame in Paris.

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