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Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St. Denis and Its Art Treasures 2nd Edition
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But there's something that the casual visitor might not be able to know, and that is that the St. Denis basilica is actually one of the starting points of what was later to become known as "Gothic" architecture.Read more ›
No figure painting or sculpture...,gems, pearls, gold and silk were forbidden...
Suger, however, was frankly in love with splendor and beauty in every
[On the Abbey Church of St. Denis]
One of the few early accounts on the gothic cathedral building. Introduction itself is worth the money. Mr. Panofsky is explaining political, social and personal influences that together with Suger's psychological traits led to the construction of what is supposed to be the first Gothic catedral - St. Denis. The keyword here is "influences" - do not expect to learn the construction process or anything of that kind. Account itself does not contains many construction details, but deserves your attention indeed. Kind regards, Mario.