Auguste Racinet. The Costume History Hardcover – Illustrated, November 4, 2015
by Françoise Tétart-Vittu (Author)

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

Glass painting in grisaille technique in the Middle Ages.

Auguste Racinet, Ornament, Stained glass, church windows, grisaille, window roses, middle ages, cathedrals, cathedral, middle ages,
Church windows. Stained glass from the Middle Ages in grisaille technique.



Nos. 1 to 23. — Cologne Cathedral.
Nos. 24 to 27. — Borders selected from the monograph of Bourges Cathedral.
Nos. 28 to 31. — Strasbourg Cathedral.
Nos. 33 to 35. — Chartres Cathedral.
Nos. 36 to 39. — Bourges Cathedral.
Nos. 32, 40, 41, 42. — Tournai Cathedral.

PAINTING on glass attained its highest excellence in the thirteenth century. Simplicity and elevation of style were maintained during the fourteenth century, but in the fifteenth these special characteristics were lost in excess of ornamentation. This may be noticed in the fragments selected from the cathedral of Tournai, the glass of which dates from 1475 to 1500.

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.


Note:  Textile design of the Assyrians. Materials, manufacture, colors, culture.

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
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