Gothic art

Gothic art in France

The walls opened up and light poured in...

c. 1200 - 1400

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Humanizing Mary: the Virgin of Jeanne d’Evreux
Humanizing Mary: the Virgin of Jeanne d’Evreux

The Virgin of Jeanne d’Evreux, 1324-39, gilded silver, basse-taille, enamels on gilded silver, stones, and pearls, 68 cm high (Musée du Louvre) Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris
Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, 1248. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral

Robert de Luzarches, Thomas de Cormont, and Renaud de Cormont, Amiens Cathedral, Amiens, France, begun 1220 Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Reims Cathedral
Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims), begun 1211, Reims, France

Bible moralisée (moralized bibles)
Bible moralisée (moralized bibles)

One book, thousands of illustrations Imagine a children’s illustrated bible. There might be 2-3 illustrations for each story: Adam and Eve in the garden, Noah’s ark, Daniel in the lion’s den, and others. If you open a regular copy of the bible, each of these stories are covered in several pages of densely-written ancient text. […]

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres
Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, c.1145 and 1194-c.1220, Chartres (France)   Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Birth of the Gothic: Abbot Suger and the ambulatory at St. Denis
Birth of the Gothic: Abbot Suger and the ambulatory at St. Denis

Ambulatory, Basilica of St. Denis, Paris, 1140-44 Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)
Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)

Blanche of Castile In 1226 a French king died, leaving his queen to rule his kingdom until their son came of age. The 38-year-old widow, Blanche of Castile, had her work cut out for her. Rebelling barons were eager to win back lands that her husband’s father had seized from them. They rallied troops against […]

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