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Notre Dame: Reconstructing an Icon

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0626
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Notre Dame

The devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in April 2019 destroyed beloved parts of that iconic structure, including the timber roof framework and crossing spire. But other crucial elements—notably the 13th-century stone vaults and flying- buttress support system—survived miraculously intact. Restoration is proving to be a long, complicated, and delicate process as French officials, preservation specialists, structural engineers, and art and architectural historians decide how to rebuild.

What accounts for the unique role of Notre Dame in the historical and cultural legacy of Paris and all France? How has the cathedral survived threats to its survival in the past, and incorporated earlier restorations into its architectural and sculptural fabric? What makes Notre Dame—indeed all 13th-century Gothic architecture—so resilient yet so vulnerable? 

Join art historian Judy Scott Feldman as she highlights the cathedral’s history and the ongoing restoration and historic preservation decision-making to restore the cathedral to its pre-fire condition.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.