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How to Build a Cathedral November 10, 2014

Posted by anagasto in art, building, drawing, history.
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In the middle, in  that white space, they had torn down a hundred of those little houses that fill the picture right to the city walls, the line of towers that you see at the back. And on the ground, dug deep, is the outline of the future building.

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Notice how small the men are compared to their ambition ? Towards the left, those vertical lines, are ropes hanging from the grassy plot down to the bottom of the foundations across the rock shelves and the scaffolding set up to help digging.

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These are just the foundations : those arches are to support the floor of the cathedral and those enormous stone structures to the right of the drawing will have to take the weight of the cathedral walls. Notice again those little humans, and how they look like ants crawling on the scaffolding they are building.

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These are the four people that you see on the right of the drawing above, and compare their size to the size of the blocks they carry. The cathedral took 89 years to complete.

Notice how the second little guy to the left carrying the stone has to walk backwards to avoid straining his belly muscles ?

There is the basic difference: mostly,  a painting shows what the artist saw,while a drawing shows what he knows.

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At Amazon it was temporarily unavailable, but at ABE books it is still sold second-hand.  At Wiki they said that nobody in the world could draw buildings like Macaulay.

He figured out the construction of every detail : the windows, the spires, the bells and their suspension, how the stones were cut and hauled and even how they made the instruments for all of these operations; you see even the river and the ships bringing the rafters.

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While the drawings are all from Macaulay’s book, this window is from Google as a reminder that the cathedral inside would not be grey.

The last drawing is a fragment taken from the first one : the cathedral outline dug into the ground of the building plot.

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Not included: the sculptures, hundreds of them, that filled their cathedrals the way birds fill a tree in the morning. They had sculptures in every little niche of those buildings inside and outside,  as for instance this roof crawler :

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Those are best at Paradox Place
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1. Carl D'Agostino - October 4, 2012

Spectacular.


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