The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity

The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity

Michael Camille


Most of the seven million those who stopover at the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris every year most likely don't realize that the mythical gargoyles decorating this medieval masterpiece weren't developed till the 19th century. the 1st entire background of those world-famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame argues that they remodeled the enduring thirteenth-century cathedral right into a glossy monument.

Michael Camille starts his long-awaited research through recounting architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s formidable recovery of the constitution from 1843 to 1864, whilst the gargoyles have been designed, sculpted through the little-known Victor Pyanet, and put in. those gargoyles, Camille contends, weren't mere avatars of the center a long time, yet relatively clean creations—symbolizing an imagined past—whose modernity lay accurately of their nostalgia. He is going directly to map the severe reception and many-layered afterlives of those chimeras, significantly within the works of such artists and writers as Charles Méryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq. Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of excessive kitsch, Camille eventually locates the gargoyles’ position within the twentieth-century mind's eye, exploring interpretations by means of every person from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company.

Lavishly illustrated with greater than 300 photos of its huge but whimsical topics, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame is a must-read for historians of artwork and structure and a person whose mind's eye has been sparked via the cute monsters staring at out over Paris from one of many world’s most famed vantage points.

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