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Archaeologist Sampson was the archivist and recorder for the 1974-86 conservation program for the 13th-century British cathedral. He explains how the facade on the west front was constructed, how it looked when the medieval paint was still fresh, the spiritual meaning it was intended to convey, and the damage suffered and repairs made over the past 700 years. He discusses the phases of construction, the design, the function as a backdrop to the great Palm Sunday procession, tools and methods of the stone carvers, the iconography, and the innovative conservation techniques now being used elsewhere. The many illustrations include a few pages of color plates. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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