Friday, July 19, 2013
Daily Draw: Sainte Chapelle, Apse
This is the apse from the famous Rayonnant Gothic styled Sainte Chapelle. Built by Louis IX in the 13th century, this small chapel is probably the finest example of the late Gothic style that was ever built. It was also astronomically expensive, running up a total cost (including relics and such) approaching 300,000 livre. Now, it's hard to say exactly how much that was back in the 13th century, but think along the lines of an Apollo moon-landing in terms of relative technical prowess and expense, and you've got Sainte Chapelle.
My drawing of course does this glorious place no justice at all, so go look at some photos of it on Wikipedia.