Posted on 03/01/2012

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UNESCO World Heritage
Cathedral Notre-Dame
Picardie Region
Somme Department
Amiens Capital

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PICT16506ac Amiens Cathedral Choir Mediaeval South Wooden Stalls

PICT16506ac Amiens Cathedral Choir Mediaeval South Wooden Stalls
From French wikipedia translated:
Made of light wood oak stalls of Notre-Dame d'Amiens represent the greatest masterpiece of cabinet making ever made on earth (with those of the Cathedral of Toledo), and never equaled since; Flamboyant, they were designed by the masters cabinetmakers Arnold Boulin, Avernier Antoine and Alexandre Huet; They depict more than 4,000 characters and they were executed in 11 years, from 1508 to 1519; They numbered 120 to the origin, they are now 110, including 62 high and 48 low; Both stalls were reserved for the king master and dean of the chapter; These are unique because surmounted by a huge gingerbread trim, which amounts to no less than thirteen feet off the ground; On the stall reserved for the king, sat including Louis XII, Francis Ist, Henry IV, and also Napoleon and President de Gaulle; Technically the perfection of these stalls is such that the eye can not as it will detect the slightest trace of assembly; There is here no nails or screws or bolts; On its own this masterpiece justifies a visit to the cathedral; Although of late Gothic masterpiece that already incorporates Renaissance elements; On the mercies and crawling on a multitude of carved figures with faces well-typed, retrace the main events described in the Old Testament, since the creation of man to King David; These biblical characters are dressed and perform various tasks in the way Picard of the time; One can admire Pharaoh seated on a throne surmounted by a canopy of the sixteenth century, as were the turbaned Saracens; It has any documentation on how they practiced skippers or milling, for example, in the early sixteenth century in Picardy; Pharaoh's chariot has a hitch local color Picardy; Played on the stalls, scenes from the life of Mary are carved with great delicacy; We thus witness his journey from her Conception to her Coronation, according to the New Testament texts and the Golden Legend; On the armrests, a host of colorful local characters often tell us about everyday life in Amiens and, more generally, in France in the early sixteenth century; A profusion of small figures, carved very skillfully and with humor, we can foresee what the pilgrims, monks, artisans, short men and women of the time, with their quirks and flaws, personality traits as well;
Access to records or backsplashes stalls, they are "fleurdelysés"; This was not a tribute to the French monarchy, but to Mary mother of Jesus, to whom the cathedral was and still is dedicated; The lily flower is indeed the ultimate Marian; There are not less than 2,200 lilies spread over all the backsplashes; During the Revolution, they were scratched; From 1949 to 1952, the sculptor Leon Lamotte of Amien sreconstituted entirely by hand, using the techniques of the sixteenth century; He used to do wood taken from the rafters of a Picard castle dating from the same time; Finally the canopy stalls, some of which reach more than 13.5 meters high and consist of interlaced foliage alternating with small characters; It is in this gigantic gingerbread trim that dexterity and mastery of the craftsmen of the time occur at the highest point; On this great work, the expense account of notaries chapter has been preserved; It amounts to 9,498 pounds, 11 floors and 3 deniers36, equivalent to more or less 150 000 Germinal francs or one and half million euros in 2008; France Picardie Region Somme Department Amiens Capital Cathedral Notre Dame UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

Very ineresting - must be beautiful
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to albertsville
Yes it is out of words!!! If You are interested by details, You can pass an entire month in the cathedral to picture all Art things!!! Thank You Carol!
6 years ago.