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Rationalizing the narrative: Theory and practice in the nineteenth-century restoration of the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle

Jordan, Alyce A. (1998) Rationalizing the narrative: Theory and practice in the nineteenth-century restoration of the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle. Gesta-International Center of Medieval Art, 37 (2). pp. 192-200. ISSN 0016-920X

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Abstract

This study focuses on the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle, whose nineteenth-century restoration was hailed as a model for stained glass. It considers contemporary attitudes regarding glass restoration, particularly those articulated by Viollet-le-Duc, and examines Gothic Revival theories of responsible restoration, which emphasized systematic documentation of the ensemble's prerestoration condition, against the realities of a large-scale restoration project. Analysis of the copious verbal and visual documentation which this campaign generated reveals significant disjunctions between restoration theory and practice, while, at the same time, highlighting the project's archival legacy as an important resource for studying a spectrum of issues and attitudes relative to nineteenth-century restoration activities.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: © The International Center of Medieval Art 1998. Published by University of Chicago Press on behalf of the International Center of Medieval Art.
ID number or DOI: 10.2307/767259
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Arts and Letters > Comparative Cultural Studies
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 19:40
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/700

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