Just admiring some of the fabulous stonework in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Amiens. I could spend long moments just on the outside, admiring all the beautiful carvings. I particularly liked these parts:
I better liked this angle than the “straight” angle. It gives more drama to the portrait.
I left this part in its original colors for a reason. Can you see the ” sphere” in the middle with its bluish shade? It is a reminder of the time when Cathedrals were painted! This is called polychrome decoration, where different colors are painted on one structure. Amiens does a sound and light show which recreates this bygone era.
If anyone is passing through France 1 December 2010- 1 January 2011, you can catch the show every night.
You can see a short video with the polychrome images. It starts out in French, but continues in English and German. It is here:
http://www.amiens-cathedrale.com/polychromie.html. Click on the Red capital P ( for Polychrome), to get the video started.
The zodiac carvings.
My sign, Virgo.