The cathedral church of Amiens: a short history and description of its fabric

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G. Bell & Sons, 1902 - Architecture - 112 pages
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Page 91 - Aisles and porches, lancet windows and roses, you can see elsewhere as well as here — but such carpenter's work, you cannot. It is late, — fully developed flamboyant just past the fifteenth century — and has some Flemish stolidity mixed with the playing French fire of it ; but wood-carving was the Picard's joy from his youth up, and, so far as I know, there is nothing else so beautiful cut out of the goodly trees of the world.
Page 42 - And, coming quite up to the porch, everybody must like the pretty French Madonna in the middle of it, with her head a little aside, and her nimbus switched a little aside too, like a becoming bonnet. A Madonna in decadence she is, though, for all, or rather by reason of all, her prettiness, and her gay soubrette's smile ; and she has no business there, neither, for this is St.
Page 96 - The finished hollowings of the lines which mark the larger veinings, and the refined modelling of surfaces, are in strong contrast to what is generally found elsewhere than in France. Every leaf is full of living expression, and throughout the entire length of the string there is no repetition, no formality of design. The dull reproduction of formal patterns, such as 97 re often met with in more recent design, finds no counterpart i the art of the Gothic schools.
Page 42 - France, and would have bright-glancing, soubrette Madonnas everywhere — letting their own dark-eyed Joan of Arc be burnt for a witch. And thenceforward things went their merry way, straight on, ' ga allait, ga ira ', to the merriest days of the guillotine. But they could still carve in the fourteenth century, and the Madonna and her hawthorn-blossom lintel are worth your looking...
Page 81 - Jean montrant l'Agneau de Dieu. Sainct Jhan voyant Jhesus vers luy marcher Vecy le agneau de dieu, dict-il, tres cher.
Page 87 - Des ydolatres a linstance Le sainct martyr par faulz moyen Emprisoneret et puis sas ce.
Page 87 - A sainct achœul en chasse mys Fut puys en amyens apporte Plusieurs malades la transmys Le depriant current sancte.
Page 87 - Fme agrippina famille enfans Baptisa avec trois fois mille Pour ung jour la foy cfesss.
Page 78 - His prayer, so thl account runs, did not remain long unanswered, for as he n from his knees he saw an opening in the wall behind a...
Page 31 - Christ, we see : cockatrice and adder, the former half dragon half cock, the :er voluntarily deaf, laying one ear upon the ground and stopping the other with its tail ; and immediately beriea feet of Christ the lion and the dragon. This statue of C known as the " Good God of Amiens," is of exquisite cai the head is especially beautiful, instinct with tendernes power.

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