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Fontevraud et Burgos : l’architecture reflète-t-elle une mémoire Plantagenêt ?

Abstract : The vaults of the transept chapels in Santa María de Las Huelgas at Burgos and those of San Nicolás in the cathedral remind us of some well known architectural features of the Angevin Gothic area. The type of the ribs, that change a square design (the ground) unto a more complex one (the vault as a sky), and the little rib statues and carved corbels inevitably suggest a relationship between the lands and the burial spots of the two queens Leonor, mother and daughter. The point is now very delicate, because of the inextricable complexities of the First Gothic (for example concerning the sexpartite vaults), because of the recent propositions for new dates, sometimes amazing, and because of the epistemological precautions bound to a so wide approach. I propose to enlighten the subject from the focus of the Angevin cultural area, where the city of Angers played a major role than the abbey of Fontevraud. Then I shall point to the use of formal choices that seem opposite in a same building; in all the cases, a dynastic politic or a dynastic memory is doubtful. I cannot provide a strong conclusion but only some little ones: on the one hand, some architectural solutions are to be considered as answers to the same problems, and not as the spread of hypothetical archetypes; on the other hand, the international culture of the masters is so rich that it is not necessary to imagine concrete travels.
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Claude Andrault-Schmitt. Fontevraud et Burgos : l’architecture reflète-t-elle une mémoire Plantagenêt ? . VIII Jornadas Complutenses de Arte Medieval, Nov 2014, Madrid, France. pp.203-233. ⟨halshs-01577300⟩



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