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Gargoyles of Notre-Dame Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity

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ISBN-10: 0226092453

ISBN-13: 9780226092454

Edition: 2009

Authors: Michael Camille

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Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century. The first comprehensive history of these world-famous monsters,The Gargoyles of Notre Dameargues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth-century cathedral into a modern monument. Michael Camille begins his long-awaited study by recounting architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s ambitious restoration of the structure from 1843 to 1864, when the gargoyles were designed, sculpted by the little-known Victor Pyanet, and installed. These gargoyles, Camille contends, were not mere avatars of the Middle Ages, but rather fresh creations—symbolizing an imagined past—whose modernity lay precisely in their nostalgia. He goes on to map the critical reception and many-layered afterlives of these chimeras, notably in the works of such artists and writers as Charles Méryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq. Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of high kitsch, Camille ultimately locates the gargoyles’ place in the twentieth-century imagination, exploring interpretations by everyone from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company. Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred images of its monumental yet whimsical subjects,The Gargoyles of Notre Dameis a must-read for historians of art and architecture and anyone whose imagination has been sparked by the lovable monsters gazing out over Paris from one of the world’s most renowned vantage points.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 8.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.212
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations of Locations and Sources of Illustrations
Restoration
Monsters of Reason: The Gargoyles of Viollet-le-Duc
The 1843 Project and Its Transformation
Drawings by Viollet-le-Duc and Lassus
Viollet-le-Duc's Anti-iconographic Imagination
Monsters of Stone: The Gargoyles of Victor Joseph Pyanet
The Sculptor of Ornament
The Myth of the Medieval Craftsman
Life and Death on the Building Site
Monsters of Romanticism: The Gargoyles of Victor Hugo
Quasimodo's Grimace and the Craze for Gargoyles
The Book Will Kill the Building
The View from Notre-Dame
Michelet and the Devil's Ogival Eye
Monsters of Race: The Gargoyles of Science
The Spirit of Evil: Physiognomy
The Wandering Jew: Aryanism
The Hairy Ape: Evolution
The Cretin Unicorn: Degeneration
Stones and Bones: Paleontology
Monsters of Revolution: The Gargoyles of Politics
Political Animals on the Left and Right
The Brute and the Bourgeois
The Wild Beast and the Revolutionary Worker
Shrouded Birds and Murdered Bishops
The Eagle and the Emperor Epilogue to Part I: The Gargoyles Restored (1864)
Reproduction
Monsters of Melancholy: The Gargoyles of Charles M�ryon
The Stryge's Sex
The Self and the Squatting Ape
The Suicidal Stare
Monsters of Light: The Gargoyles of Photographers
The Dandy as Beholder: Charles N�gre and Henri Le Secq
The Worker as Beholder: Henri Le Secq and Viollet-le-Duc
The Beast as Beholder: From Marville to Mieusement
Monsters of Sex: The Gargoyles of Gender
Love among the Gargoyles
Freud, Hysteria, and the Gynecologic Gargoyle
Huysmans's Chimera: The Cathedral as Whore
Lulu Makes the Gargoyles Speak
Gay Gargoyles of the Nineties
Monsters of the Media: The Gargoyles in the Twentieth Century
The Chimerical Postcard
Dark Gargoyles: Surrealism, Fascism and the Occult
White Gargoyles: American Gothic from Winslow Homer to Disney
Global Gargoyles on the Internet Epilogue to Part II: The Gargoyles Restored Again (2000)
Appendix: The Chimeras (a List and Photographic Survey)
Notes
Bibliography
Index