Inter-American Institute

providing images for education since 1988

France

France 2014

The purpose of the France 2014 field work was to photograph the Cathedrals of Tours, Beauvais, Toulouse, Lyon and Carcassonne where I also visited the fortified city and church of St. Nazaire. While in Toulouse I also revisited the Basilica of St. Sernin,  Musée des Augustins and the Musée St. Raymond, in Lyon the museum of Roman antiquities

France 2018

The purpose of the France 2018 field work was to fill in some gaps in the collection for the completion of a series of introductory lectures that will become available as Powerpoint slides for classroom use or for use by individual students. These will include images linked by a sequential narrative and bibliography with suggested readings for Romanesque and Gothic architecture, each group designed for a semester length treatment.



In 2018 the focus was on early Romanesque architecture in French Catalonia and in Auvergne but included sites in the Limousin and a return, after 30 years, to Moissac where a comprehensive set of digital images was made illustrating each capital and pier sculpture in the cloister as well as detailed treatment of the main portal with its tympanum and troumeau. A visit to the Abbey of Cluny provided a detailed study of the hemicycle capitals now displayed in the granary and other items of interest on display elsewhere. Stops at Autun and Saulieu were rewarded with detailed images of the work of Giselbertus on the way to document the work of the Cistercians at Potigny. 



Early Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass was the focus at Chartres, St. Gemer de Fly, the abbey church of St. Denis, whose west front portals and sculpture has recently been cleaned and restored, the abbey church of St. Pierre, Montmartre, while later examples of the Gothic style in architecture, sculpture and stained glass were comprehensively photographed in detail at Narbonne, Sées, Senlis, Clermont Ferrand, Metz and Reims. Finally, in Paris I had the unexpected opportunity to visit the Cluny Museum for the spectacular temporary exhibit on the Birth of Gothic Sculpture.