Architecture: Cathedrals as Living Drama

In art criticism, the eyes come first; all the cultural infrastructuring that places an object within its historical context can come later. Fortunately for Henry Kraus, 61, a Knoxville, Tenn., barber's son who studied mathematics in college and made a career out of medical journalism, he first fell in love with medieval cathedrals by feasting his eyes on them while a student at the Sorbonne. Before he ever cracked a book about it, Gothic art had become a secret passion. Now, with time to pursue it, he has written a revolutionary study, rediscovering scores of facts...

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