[Photographs by George P. Landow 2010. You may use any of these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a website or include it in a print document.]

The West Front


Five views of the Tour de Beurre


Details of the West Front in Early Evening Light



Left: The array of flying buttresses. Middle left: Detail of the open, airy tower with its extraordinary thin column in the middle. Middle right: Stonework corrodes by age, polution, and rain.

The North Door


Left: The North Door. Left middle: Two female figures standing on architectural pedestals that repeat some of the motifs found arund the south entrance. Middle: Some of the carved decoration Ruskin discused in The Seven Lamps of Architecture. Middle right: The pedestals. Right: The way this carving suddenly ends against the wall surface reveals that it was cut through when later builders added walls of the bishop's palace.


Left: Another view of the female figures. Note the dog accompanying the one closest to the viewer. Middle: Typanum above the South door depicting the Last Judgment. Right: More of the carved decoration Ruskin discused in The Seven Lamps of Architecture.


Middle left: a grotesque animal. Right three: the nineteenth-century iron steeple Ruskin so loathed. Was he right, or does it embody an appropriate new way of building such as those for which he himself had called?


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