Royal Portals Of The Chartres Cathedral

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Lecture on early Gothic architecture will begin with a look at Topic 3 on the Royal Portals of the Chartres Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most magnificent pieces of Gothic architecture located in France and built around 1145. The Royal Portals portray the designs of sculptor, Abbot Suger, who was commissioned for the west façade of The Abbey Church. His sculpture depicts the Christian universe with statues of Old Testament kings, queens, and prophets. The column figures stand tall decorating the jambs of doorways. The Chartres Cathedral used this design in the Royal Portals in honor of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary to declare the importance of Christ (Kleiner 189-190). In this course, we will learn about Gothic architecture by examining
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