Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France Volume 2

Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France Volume 2 This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: . took a sort of sad pleasure in discovering on the facade bits of arches which suggested Agde; in finding, as he walked on, the base of a massive tower, and in picturing the simple Cloister through which the Canons used to make their way to the church's upper gallery. The most curious part of the existing Cathedral is the small west portal which is the principal doorway and the only ornamented part of the exterior. Its plan is very simple. A broad stone lintel, carved in set design, rests on the foliated capitals of two columns, and above the lintel is a tympanum with the Symbols of the four Evangelists and Christ in the very usual attitude of Last Judgment. Below the lintel, two reliefs represent Saint Paul with his Sword and Saint Peter with the Keys of Heaven and Hell. The faces of the two Apostles are flat and unintelligent and unpleasantly like those of low-class Chinese; and, in addition to the conventionality of all the subjects, the execution is particularly crude. Of course nothing is known of the mason-carver; but it may be safely supposed that he was of an older generation than the man who created the beautiful portals of Saint-Trophime of Arles. In 1198 the Bishop of Maguelonne permitted Jews to live in the city, allowed them to build a synagogue and to teach medicine; and, in return for these favours they agreed to furnish the Cathedral, on Christmas and Good-Friday, forty-eight pounds of wax candles. When the traveller entered the church he appreciated the wisdom of the Bishop's indulgence; for the only natural light comes through the "the Whole Cathedral Is Unmistakably Of The Time When The Church Was A Refuge For Body As Well As Soul."-Maguelonne. narrow slits which serve as windows, and it is a dim light.

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