Cathedral is Dying

  • Cathedral is Dying
  • Cathedral is Dying
  • Cathedral is Dying
  • Cathedral is Dying
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In this volume, the writer and Rodin scholar Rachel Corbett selects excerpts from the famous sculptor’s book Cathedrals of France,  first published in 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I.  Cathedrals were central to the way Rodin thought about his art: he saw  them as visual metaphors for the human figure, among the finest examples of craftsmanship known to modern man, and as a model for how to live and work—slowly, brick by brick.

Here, Corbett takes the fire at  Notre Dame and the concerns over its restoration as an entry point in an exploration of Rodin's cathedrals. Rodin adamantly opposed  restoration, as he felt it often did more damage than the original  injury. (Many of the cathedrals that Rodin looks at in his texts were,  in fact, bombed during the war.) But while he rails against various restoration efforts as evidence that “we are letting our cathedrals die,” the book, with its tenderly rendered sketches and written portraits, is itself an attempt to preserve these cathedrals. The  selection of texts in this volume is a reminder—as is the tragedy of Notre Dame—of why we ought to appreciate these feats of architecture, whether or not they are still standing today. 

  • Author: Auguste Rodin
  • Softcover
  • Publisher: David Zwirner, 2020
  • 96 pages, 6.9" x 4.1"
  • Ekphrasis Series
  • ISBN:  9781644230466  
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