Session Title

New Studies of the North Transept of Reims I: Archeology, Architecture, and Stained Glass

Sponsoring Organization(s)

AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art

Organizer Name

Jennifer M. Feltman

Organizer Affiliation

Florida State Univ.

Presider Name

Nancy Wu, William W. Clark

Presider Affiliation

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY

Paper Title 1

The Reims North Portal: The Evidence below Ground

Presenter 1 Name

Walter Berry

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. de Bourgogne/CNRS

Paper Title 2

Changing Geometries in the Reims North Transept

Presenter 2 Name

Robert Bork

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Iowa State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Chronological Evidence in the North Transept Stained Glass of Reims

Presenter 3 Name

Meredith Parsons Lillich

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Syracuse Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Rose of the North Arm of the Transept of Reims Cathedral

Presenter 4 Name

Sylvie Balcon-Berry

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Centre André-Chastel, Univ. de Paris IV–Sorbonne

Start Date

12-5-2013 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

The design and building chronology of the north transept façade of Reims Cathedral continues to be one of the knottiest problems in this building’s history. Even to a casual viewer, the lack of uniformity is apparent and suggests that numerous changes were made in the course of its construction. This raises questions about the function of the portals and the reception of their sculptures that are further complicated by the fact that a cloister originally encumbered the façade, preventing the viewing of its three portals and their sculptures as a whole. Scholars since the time of Hans Kunze (1912) have debated whether or not some of the sculptures were originally intended for an abandoned plan for the west façade. While current opinion has tilted in favor of the north transept as their originally planned location, no consensus has been achieved. This session, the first of two, will address the archeology of the site, the geometries used in the transept architecture, and recent studies of the north transept stained glass.

Jennifer M. Feltman

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May 12th, 8:30 AM

New Studies of the North Transept of Reims I: Archeology, Architecture, and Stained Glass

Fetzer 1010

The design and building chronology of the north transept façade of Reims Cathedral continues to be one of the knottiest problems in this building’s history. Even to a casual viewer, the lack of uniformity is apparent and suggests that numerous changes were made in the course of its construction. This raises questions about the function of the portals and the reception of their sculptures that are further complicated by the fact that a cloister originally encumbered the façade, preventing the viewing of its three portals and their sculptures as a whole. Scholars since the time of Hans Kunze (1912) have debated whether or not some of the sculptures were originally intended for an abandoned plan for the west façade. While current opinion has tilted in favor of the north transept as their originally planned location, no consensus has been achieved. This session, the first of two, will address the archeology of the site, the geometries used in the transept architecture, and recent studies of the north transept stained glass.

Jennifer M. Feltman