The Stained Glass of Saint-Père de Chartres
Place Published: Middletown, CT
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Date Published: 1978
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 40192
212pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Blue cloth over boards with a gilt stamped title within a red ink stamped panel on the backstrip. Very good plus condition, with minor bumping to the spine ends and corners. The tope fore edge corners of several pages are a bit dog eared. In a very good, price-clipped, dust jacket, with light rubbing and soiling.
From the dust jacket- "The windows, their splendour apart, are significant for a number of reasons: they are a complete set, in itself a rare circumstance; they follow a sophisticated yet homogeneous subject program maintained through a period of construction that spanned several generations; they straddle the line between the glowing, color-saturated gloom of the early thirteenth century and the clear, light-passing glass of the fourteenth. The artists were therefore faced with the need to experiment, and their stylistic decisions- sometimes abortive- tell us much about the nature of the transition being made. Most important, they exemplify and define a style of glass painting which has heretofore gone unnoticed- a school of Western France, of which Saint-Père forms the kingpin, at once the largest and the most exquisite ensemble."