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> Marjorie Greene <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >...Anyone interested in Suger's inspiration for Saint-Denis should read the
> chapter in Chenu's _Nature, Man, and Society in the Twelfth Century_
> entitled "The Symbolist Mentality"; also _Artistic Integration in Gothic
> Buildings_, Raguin, Brush, Draper, eds.
>
>
> not to say nothing against the above, but Sugar scholarship has taken several
> sweet twists and turns in recent decades and one might also want to consult
> the relevant papers in the Suger exposition/conference held at the
> Metropolitan Museum in the mid-eighties, as well as the more recent and quite
> interesting "biography" of him by Lindy Grant of the Courtauld Institute.

One might add to this list the ascerbic comments of Peter Kidson,
"Panofsky, Suger and St. Denis," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld
Institutes, L (1987), 1-17.  Suger is increasingly being seen as a
brilliant administrator, rather than a theologian. Conrad Rudolph, in
his book on Artistic Change at Saint-Denis, shifts much of the
responsibility for "Suger's" iconography at Saint-Denis onto the able
shoulders of Hugh of St Victor.
Cheers,
Jim Bugslag