Paris
(Paris, France)
Saint-Germain-des-Près
Surveyed: 1969, 1972-74, 1977, 1980-83, 1992-98, 2004, 2009, 2014
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
Narthex and arched entry and unadorned tower I-III, crossing and apse.
Nave aisles and arcades butt up against crossing without provision for ribs; some of these capitals are in the Cluny museum
Crossing piers both east and west including provisions for rib vaults to the crossing and the nave; as this campaign was only on the aisle side of the piers suggests that the older apse was still in place and this was wrapped around the outside.
Tower IV
Paired shafts for east side of a smaller crossing, built within the earlier shafts.
Nave clerestory with some capitals recarved in the designs of contemporary carvers
Crossing pier on the southwest not designed for ribs and vault completed in a number of campaigns
West portal inserted into older tower entry
Choir ambulatory and dado arcade.
Choir piers, start of arcade arches.
Choir wall capitals, vaults
Choir triforium
Hemicycle vault and flyers.
Completion of remaining choir vaults.
Choir gallery reduced in height and windows enlarged.


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