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Stained Glass Tours in France   By: (1867-1936)

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Stained Glass Tours in France by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill takes readers on an immersive journey through the breathtaking beauty and historical significance of France's stained glass art. With its meticulously researched content and stunning visuals, this book serves as an indispensable guide for any art lover, traveler, or historian seeking to discover the country's rich stained glass treasures.

From the very first pages, Sherrill's deep passion for stained glass shines through, as he deftly delves into the history, techniques, and symbolism behind these mesmerizing works of art. His writing effortlessly weaves together artistry, architecture, and religious context, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the importance and significance of stained glass in French history.

The organization and layout of this book are commendable. Sherrill takes readers on an artistic tour of France, exploring various regions and cities known for their exceptional stained glass collections. The chapters are thoughtfully arranged, allowing for easy reference or tailored itineraries when planning a visit. The book's inclusion of detailed maps, photographs, and architectural drawings further enhances the experience, enabling readers to fully appreciate the intricate details of each stained glass masterpiece.

The author's expertise is evident throughout the text, as he acquaints readers with renowned artists, such as Chartres, Bourges, and Reims, while also shedding light on lesser-known treasures tucked away in smaller towns and rural churches. Sherrill's explanations of the various styles and techniques used in different periods of stained glass production are accessible without compromising on depth and accuracy.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Sherrill's ability to bring these ancient works of art to life. His vivid descriptions and insightful commentary transport readers to the time and place where each piece was created. Whether it's the ethereal beauty of the rose window at Notre-Dame de Paris or the vibrant colors of the stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, Sherrill's writing captures the awe and wonder these masterpieces evoke.

Moreover, Stained Glass Tours in France strikes an admirable balance between being an informative guidebook and a pleasurable read. Sherrill's engaging narrative style creates a seamless reading experience, keeping readers thoroughly engaged from start to finish. Although the book primarily focuses on stained glass, it also offers glimpses into related aspects of French history, art, and culture, adding further depth and context to the subject matter.

While the visual appeal of stained glass is unquestionably captivating, Charles Hitchcock Sherrill goes beyond surface aesthetics to explore the cultural, religious, and historical significance behind these grand creations. Stained Glass Tours in France is an invaluable resource for anyone fascinated by the art form, providing a comprehensive guide to unlocking the hidden stories and artistic brilliance encapsulated within France's stained glass windows.

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STAINED GLASS TOURS IN FRANCE

by

CHARLES HITCHCOCK SHERRILL

New York: John Lane Company, MCMVIII London: John Lane, The Bodley Head

Copyright, 1908, by John Lane Company

[Illustration: INTERIOR OF SAINTE CHAPELLE, PARIS. Built by St. Louis (Louis IX) 1248. Window surfaces pleasantly broken up into "medallion" designs. Walls constructed almost entirely of sheets of richly toned glass (see Page 26). ]

TO THAT REMORSELESS CRITIC MY WIFE THIS BOOK IS GRATEFULLY DEDICATED

CONTENTS

PAGE INTRODUCTION 13 THIRTEENTH CENTURY AND EARLIER 25 THIRTEENTH CENTURY TOURS 37 FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH CENTURIES 117 FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH CENTURY TOURS 134 SIXTEENTH CENTURY 197 SIXTEENTH CENTURY TOURS 212 ITINERARIES 295 INDEX 297

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

SAINTE CHAPELLE, PARIS Frontispiece

PAGE MEDALLION PANEL, LOUVRE 28 MAP, THIRTEENTH CENTURY TOURS 40 MEDALLION LANCET, TOURS 54 CHARTRES TRANSEPTS 72 THIRTEENTH CENTURY ROSE, LAON 104 FIFTEENTH CENTURY "CANOPY," ST... Continue reading book >>




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