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International library of technology, v. 303; History of architecture and ornament (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 6 mar 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...two being connected with radiating arms, like the spokes of a wheel, as shown in Fig. 9 (a). This arrangement enabled the builders to make the lower arch very light, as the weight of the one above it would keep it in place. 10. Reims Cathedral.--Reims Cathedral, Fig. 10, built between 1212 and 1241, presents a western front similar in outline to, but more elaborate than, Notre Dame. The fagade is strongly marked by vertical lines and is unusually high in proportion to its width. The openings are tall and narrow, and the gables introduced over the portals are acutely pointed, all of which tends to give the fagade a lofty aspect that is very imposing. There is one horizontal feature in the upper part, consisting of a gallery of niches containing statues. This, however, is broken around the towers so that the vertical feeling is not interrupted. The rose vindow over the central portal is a very beautiful example of tracery work, but its insertion under a pointed arch seems to be badly conceived, as the two forms do not harmonize. The triangular spandrels above the arch are filled with curious carved figures that are varied in size to suit the space, while the canopied niches each side of the portals contain figures of the Madonna and the Apostles. The portals at Reims are similar to those at Amiens, Fig. 11, except that they are shallower and contain glass windows in the tympanum instead of carvings. The change is not an improvement, as the glass does not show to good effect on the exterior; neither does the interior require extra illumination at this point, while carving would look well. The number and size of the flying buttresses at Reims, with their elaborately carved crockets and canopies, as shown in Fig. 9 (b), are not excelled in any part of France. Th...

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