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By Michael Camille

ISBN-10: 0226092453

ISBN-13: 9780226092454

Most of the seven million those that stopover at the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris every year most likely do not understand that the mythical gargoyles decorating this medieval masterpiece weren't built till the 19th century. the 1st complete historical past of those world-famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame argues that they reworked the enduring thirteenth-century cathedral right into a sleek monument.

Michael Camille starts his long-awaited learn through recounting architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s bold recovery of the constitution from 1843 to 1864, whilst the gargoyles have been designed, sculpted by way of the little-known Victor Pyanet, and put in. those gargoyles, Camille contends, weren't mere avatars of the center a while, 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, particularly 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 finally locates the gargoyles’ position within the twentieth-century mind's eye, exploring interpretations through every person from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company.

Lavishly illustrated with greater than 300 pictures of its enormous but whimsical topics, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame is a must-read for historians of paintings and structure and an individual whose mind's eye has been sparked by way of the cute monsters observing out over Paris from one of many world’s most famed vantage points.

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