Medieval Sculpture in France

Medieval Sculpture in France

Medieval Sculpture in France

Medieval Sculpture in France

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So far no comprehensive textbook on the history of the development of French medieval sculpture has appeared in the English language . It might have been thought that such books as Ruskin's Bible of Amiens, or more recently M. and E. Marriage's wellillustrated Sculptures of Chartres Cathedral would have stirred up more interest in this fascinating subject, but the failures of the Gothic Revival of the nineteenth century seem to have cast some discredit on the students of medieval art, and we have only recently learnt to take a wider view and study the real qualities of this great art movement without allowing its vital achievements to be obscured by artificial taste or false sentiment. Our universities are at last beginning to give some attention to art history and to realise that other movements besides that of ancient Greece are worth attention, and there may, therefore, be room for such an attempt as is made in the present volume to draw up an outline scheme of classification and to describe the gradual evolution of style.

Even in French the only comprehensive account of the sculpture of the whole medieval period is that contained in Michel's Histoire de l'Art, and as this takes the form of a number of articles spread over eight or ten substantial volumes dealing with the whole of Christian art, it is not in the most convenient form for the average student. M. Aubert has recently published a brief sketch entitled La Sculpture . . .

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