Tour de Rois à Rheims (Tower of the Kings at Rheims Cathedral)

Object Details

Title:

Tour de Rois à Rheims (Tower of the Kings at Rheims Cathedral)

Artist/Maker(s):

Henri Le Secq (French, 1818 - 1882)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Reims, France (Place created)

Date:

1851

Medium:

Salted paper print

Dimensions:

35.1 x 25.9 cm (13 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Henri Le Secq's close-up view turns this church tower into a work of elaborate sculpture rather than architecture. Commissioned by the French government as part of the 1851 Mission Héliographique (Heliographic Mission), Le Secq photographed the Tower of Kings, the south tower of Notre-Dame Cathedral at Rheims, northeast of Paris, from high up in another tower. Details that would ordinarily be missed from the ground are here revealed with breathtaking clarity.

From 1845 to 1864, the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc worked on the restoration of the Cathedral. Construction scaffolding, which almost disappears in the elaborate decoration of the exterior, is visible encasing the tower at left.

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Sacred Places: California Missions from Different Perspectives

Explore the concept of a sacred place through works of art representing sacred spaces, and by studying the California missions.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; History–Social Science

3-5

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