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A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres

A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres

“Carried away by the splendors of the moment, I did not initially realize that something was very wrong. I had noticed the floor-to-ceiling scrim-covered scaffolding near the crossing of the nave and transepts, but had assumed it was routine maintenance. But my more attentive wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter—who as a Columbia doctoral candidate took courses on Romanesque sculpture with the legendary Meyer Schapiro and Gothic architecture with the great medievalist Robert Branner—immediately noticed that large areas of the sanctuary’s deep gray limestone surface had been painted…”
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Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme

Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme

It’s a trend…   Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme A Columbia University trained architectural historian, Martin Filler, has reported (A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres) his great shock when visiting Chartres Cathedral to discover that: “In 2009, amid a rising wave of other refurbishments of medieval buildings, […]

Michelangelo’s disintegrating frescoes

Michelangelo’s disintegrating frescoes

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.” —Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787, The article, and title of this post, is below The Restoration of 1984-94 segment.   It is about the […]


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