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- The Gargoyles of Notre Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity
- Michael Camille
- 22 February 2019 Michael Camille
Am trying to use the book for a university course while my many other books are navigating well on my kindle app, this one can t seem to switch between pages chapters etc without freezing the entire system Extremely frustrating I have no idea if I like the book as I am unable to read it properly. 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 century cathedral into a modern monument Michael Camille begins his long awaited study by recounting architect Eugene Viollet le Duc s ambitious restoration of the structure fromto , 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 Meryon, 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 Let me start with a warning Do NOT purchase this book if you are looking for a glossy coffee table book of pretty pictures You will be very disappointed.If, however, you wish to read an intensely detailed and thorough examination of the many and varied interpretations placed on the 54 chimeras, NOT the gargoyles, despite the title , placed on the gallery of Notre Dame de Paris by Viollet le Duc from 1854 onwards, then this is for you.From their very first appearance, the chimeres have fired the imaginations of tourists, artists, politicians, doctors, psychologists of the insane,recorders of sexual deviation, other writers, early photographers and etchers, right up to movie makers and American writers of the gothic novel Michael Camille examines each of the above groups and how they placed their own personal meanings on those amazing carvings by little known sculptor Victor Pyanet The works are NOT, as so often supposed, original medieval works, nor even copies of pre existing originals, but a collection of original fantasy so varied that they have become the stimulus for the wildly differing projections of so many groups The true gargoyles, the water spouts , receive only a brief mention here This book concentrates on the 54 chimeres, and especially the most famous of all known as Le Stryge, featured on the cover.There are dozens of small illustrations in black and white of details, etchings, original designs, documents, photographs and other works inspired by Viollet le Duc s composite designs Many you will not have seen before This is an in depth book for those who want to look behind the oft repeated tourist patter, or the trifling and often inaccurate pap so often found in glossy picture books on Gargoyles I see some that still identify these particular works as medieval It s told in a scholarly but readable style, although the author does love to throw in the intellectual word every now and then.I found this book a wonderful addition to my collection, a most thorough and interesting study of a collection of works that still fascinate and inspire us today, even as they themselves now succumb to the decay caused by the pollution of the years.Just be warned,..it s definitely NOT a coffee table lightweight perusal. great The book is a bit difficult to find and therefore I was happy to get it The condition of the book was correctly described It took a rather long time to reach me and the explanation why it was so was a bit strange But all is well that ends well Great book, explaining the symbolism on Notre Dame.