Christine M. Bolli

About Christine M. Bolli

Christine Bolli has been teaching Art History and various topics in Humanities for more than 10 years. She is in the process of finishing her PhD dissertation, which focuses on 12th Century Cistercian architecture in Provence and its ties to local construction techniques. However, she enjoys teaching all areas and aspects of Art History, from ancient architecture to surrealist painting. Christine is currently the Graduate Program Manager for the History of Art and Architecture program at UCSB. She has also taught at Brooks Institute, AIU Online, CSU Channel Islands, College of the Redwoods, and University of California, Santa Barbara. Additionally she has done archival and cataloging work for both public and private collections and written for a number of online publications.

There are two sides to every story, and so it is here. The Germans did shell the cathedral but their explanation as to why they did so was wildly at odds with the French account.

Reims Cathedral and World War I

Tower, Cluny Abbey (Cluny III), 12th-century, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
For 200 years, Cluny housed a society of monks and boasted the largest church in Europe. Little from the 12th century remains.

Cluny Abbey

Saint-Trophime, Arles (France) - detail of sinners
On the doorway, sinners shuffle to their doom. Beneath, hellfire burns—its brighter, now, thanks to restoration.

Saint Trophime, Arles

Chapter House, Fontenay Abbey
The location? Remote. The decor? Austere. What this church lacks in ornament, it makes up for in a harmonious plan.

Fontenay Abbey