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Elegant Simplicity: The Late Gothic Plan Design of St.-Maclou in Rouen

Linda Elaine Neagley
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 74, No. 3 (Sep., 1992), pp. 395-422
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3045890
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3045890
Page Count: 28
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Elegant Simplicity: The Late Gothic Plan Design of St.-Maclou in Rouen
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Abstract

Using a new computer-generated plan of St.-Maclou, this study examines the relationship between the abstract design schemes underlying the plan and the practical and procedural method of setting out the foundations at the site. The eccentric features, such as the axial pier, the absence of the axial chapel, the polygonal porch, variations in the straight bay dimensions, and daring structural system, are linked to the freedom and willingness of the Late Gothic master mason, Pierre Robin, to expose the geometric underpinnings of the craft and to showcase the technical virtuosity and individuality of the craftsman.

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