You are invited to a lecture given by Roger Stalley on Zoom at 11am, 13th April 2021 on Notre Dame de Paris: Triumph and Disaster
The fire that broke out at Notre Dame two years ago was a horrifying spectacle, the world watching on TV as flames spread relentlessly along the building. Commentators spoke of complete destruction, finding it hard to believe that such a great monument was so vulnerable. In fact the disaster was not as catastrophic as it looked. When the fire was finally extinguished, the cathedral was fundamentally intact, the vast array of medieval sculpture unharmed, so too the stained glass that filled the giant windows. While some regarded this as little short of a miracle, the survival of the cathedral was a triumph for Gothic design, a direct result of the structural system adopted by the medieval builders.
Fire was an ever-present fear in the middle ages and many great churches suffered a fate similar to that at Notre Dame. This talk will explain how the Gothic masons confronted the problem and will explore the unusual architecture of Notre Dame, a hybrid scheme that resulted from a series of modifications to the original design. The talk will also illustrate the damage caused by the fire and outline the decisions that have been made in organizing the restoration.
Roger Stalley was Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College, where he gave regular courses on the French Gothic cathedrals and in some years they were accompanied by student trips to France. In his retirement Roger remains in touch with some of those currently involved with the restoration.
If you wish to join us for this event please register using the website ticket system. Registrations for this event close at 11 pm 11th April 2021 – registrations are not possible after this date and time.
There is no charge for this event.
Prior to the event a link and other information required for Zoom will be sent by email to all those who have registered.
We hope you can join us on the 13th April.
Trinity Retirement Association