Sometime in the early 1230s, glaziers at Reims Cathedral installed new stained glass windows around the east end of the French coronation church. Most show paired apostles, with standing figures below representing the suffragan bishops of the archdiocese of Reims, each twinned with a representation of their cathedral, rendered schematically as a Gothic façade crowned with an oversize angel. Glowing in the cathedral clerestory, the apostles and their episcopal successors represent the “living stones” of the church (from 1 Peter 2:4–6), the architectural metaphor made explicit through the bishops’ architectonic canopies and proximity to their Ecclesia. One of these windows (no. 118) shows Henri de Braine, archbishop of...
Review: Framing the Church: The Social and Artistic Power of Buttresses in French Gothic Architecture
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Tom Nickson; Review: Framing the Church: The Social and Artistic Power of Buttresses in French Gothic Architecture. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2021; 80 (3): 349–350. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2021.80.3.349
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