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August 12, 2010

Mapping Gothic France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Amiens, France

© Archivision (Scott Gilchrist)
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Mapping Gothic France is a creation of the Visual Media Center in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, the Visual Resources Library at Vassar College, and the Columbia University Libraries

The website is an ongoing project to present Gothic cathedrals mainly from the 12th to 13th centuries with the theme of space, time, and narrative. Each cathedral has its own entry complete with images, descriptions of the building's architectural features, its history and place in France in comparison to other cathedrals and a bibliography for further information. Multiple plans are also included with the added ability of choosing a location on the plan for further images. The database can be searched in a number of ways ranging from a variety of maps, modern and historical, to an interactive time line that allows you to search by date and place. (Click here to see the entry for Notre Dame de Amiens.)

An excellent resource, Mapping Gothic France aims to provide an interactive database that explores the manifold and diverse layers of history and architecture surrounding Gothic cathedrals.

Posted by rmassare at August 12, 2010 11:00 AM


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