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1 The Legacy of the High Gothic Achievement: the Rayonnant Mode

2 I. Perfection of the High Gothic Cathedral in the Rayonnant style Reims Cathedral, Bourges Cathedral, High Gothic ( ) = period of unresolved experimentation

3 I. Amiens Cathedral (Nôtre-Dame), Amiens, France, Perfection lies in a new visionary period = Rayonnant style ( )

4 I. A. Context: French king the pre-eminent ruler in Western Europe in 1200 French King Philip-Augustus (r ) Nôtre-Dame, Paris façade design

5 I. A. 1. Long reign of Louis IX ( ), St. Louis, makes Paris a cultural capital The Ste.-Chapelle (Holy Chapel), commissioned by Louis IX for the Royal Palace, Paris

6 I. A. 2. Start of the new court style, Rayonnant (“radiating”), with the rebuilding of St.-Denis’ upper choir, nave and transept in 1231 Abbey church of St.-Denis, Paris, St.-Denis – upper choir, b St.-Denis – north transept, b. 1250

7 Amiens Cathedral, , first architect Robert de Luzarches I. B. Formal analysis and modernist structure: In what ways is Amiens Cathedral still like the classic design of Chartres? an elevational system rather than a true wall

8 Early ChristianRomanesque Gothic S. SabinaSpeyer CathedralAmiens Cathedral I. B.

9 Amiens CathedralChartres Cathedral piers taller & wider apart but similar thickness

10 I. C. Rayonnant style – qualities of a new visionary aesthetic in an influential new phase of Gothic Abbey church of St Nicaise, Reims, France, b Decorative vocabulary becomes architectural (gables, crockets, small pinnacles) Mixture of blind and open tracery

11 ChartresReims High Gothic cathedrals: comparative height and design of buttressing BourgesAmiens I. C. 1. extreme verticality steeply proportioned

12 I. C. 1. St.-Denis – naveAmiens Cathedral – nave continuous vault responds

13 Amiens Cathedral – rose window on south transept I. C. 2. virtually autonomous arching structures instead of wall bar tracery = Rayonnant styleplate tracery = pierced stone Chartres Cathedral bar tracery – intensely modernist device

14 I. C. 3. Extreme structural lightness Amiens Cathedral screening effects like superimposed tracery

15 I. C. 3. Amiens Cathedral screening effects – clerestory mullions extend into triforium St.-Denis, Paris,

16 Amiens Cathedral glazed triforium I. C. 4. extreme levels of illumination Lowered roof over the aisle vaults makes a glazed triforium possible

17 II. Gothic façade – confronting a new design problem Gothic Amiens Cathedral Santa Sabina Speyer Cathedral Early ChristianRomanesque

18 II. Chartres Cathedral (façade begun as Romanesque) Amiens Cathedral (Rayonnant Gothic façade)

19 Amiens Cathedral II. A. How is a unified Gothic exterior articulated all around the building?

20 Amiens Cathedral II. A. 1. How does the facade reconcile twin-towered idea with basilical section of the building?

21 II. A. 1. Portals: encyclopedic story of the Christian salvation. Amiens Cathedral

22 II. A. 1. Zodiac and Labors of the Months Amiens Cathedral

23 II. C. 2.

24 Ste-Chapelle (palace chapel of French kings), Paris, France, IV. Symbolic architecture in the Gothic (medieval modernist) style

25 about the Ste-Chapelle IV. A. What are the components of this palatine chapel for the French monarch?

26 Ste-Chapelle, Upper Chapel IV. A. Ste-Chapelle, Lower Chapel

27 IV. B. How does the Ste-Chapelle epitomize the French Gothic Court or Rayonnant style in terms of: 1. interior elevation? Ste-Chapelle IV. B. 2. vaulting? steeply proportioned continuous vault responds

28 IV. B. 3. elevational system and buttressing? 20.5 m.

29 Ste-Chapelle IV. B. 3. St Nicaise, Reims, France, 1231 Decorative vocabulary becomes architectural (gables, crockets, small pinnacles)

30 IV. B. 4. tracery? Ste-Chapelle bar tracery – intensely modernist device

31 dado zone clerestorey Ste-Chapelle triforium clerestorey Chartres Cathedral IV. C. How did the designers give the king and his entourage the sensation that they hovered in the heavens (clerestory)? nave arcade

32 triforium clerestorey nave arcade Chartres Cathedral IV. C. Ste.-Chapelle

33 Holy Sepulchre Temple of Solomon JerusalemParis Ste-Chapelle Nôtre-Dame Cathedral Gauthier Cornut: “There can be no doubt that... the true Solomon (i.e., Louis IX), the peacemaker, proceeds to a second incarnation.” IV. D. Symbolism How did Paris become the “New Jerusalem” and what role did the Ste-Chapelle play?

34 Passion relics on display Ste-Chapelle IV. D. 2. What relics was it built to house? Pope Innocent IV: “The Lord has crowned you (Louis IX) with His Crown of Thorns.” Passion relics on display in the shrine

35 IV. D. 3. What church furnishing did the Ste.-Chapelle aggrandize? Ste-Chapellea Gothic reliquary Romanesque reliquary of Ste.-Foi

36 36 Christ’s first soldiers represented enamels and stone Early martyrs in the dado zone Ste-Chapelle dado zone: IV. D. 4. How did the materials and ornament make the case for Louis IX as the rightful king of Christendom?

37 Christ’s first soldiers (Apostles) in stone as transition zone Ste-Chapelle Apostles as pillars of the church IV. D. 4.

38 Translation of the Passion relics into Paris by Louis IX Ste-Chapelle Passion relics hover in clerestorey (“from the material to the immaterial”) IV. D. 4.

39 Louis IX hovers in clerestorey (“from the material to the immaterial”) Louis IX brings Passion relics to Paris Solomon worships false idol of his wives IV. D. 4.


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