The Book of Suger, Abbot of St. Denis

Name of text: The Book of Suger, Abbot of St. Denis
Author of text: Abbot Suger
Date of text: 1144- ca. 1148
Date of person in text: 1081-1151
Name of structure in text: S. Denis
Type of structure in text: Basilica
Date of structure in text Originally seventh century building, rebuilt and enlarged by Suger starting ca. 1135.
Century of structure 1: 7 AD
Century of structure 2: 12 AD
Country in text: France
Region in text: northern suburb of Paris
City in text: St. Denis
Specific place of mosaic in text: Above north portal of church
Description of mosaic in text:

Also others [doors], new ones on the right side and the old ones on the left beneath the mosaic which, though contrary to modern custom, we ordered to be executed there and to be affixed to the tympanum of the portal.

Mosaic date in text: 12 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text:

Abbot Suger, The Book of Suger, Abbot of St. Denis, XXVII, in Abbot Suger, on the Abbey Church of St. Denis and its Art Treasures, ed. and trans. by Edwin Panofsky (Princeton 1946, quoted in E. G. Holt, Literary Sources of Art History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947), p. 21.


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