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|Genre/Form:||Black-and-white prints (photographs)
|Named Person:||Jan van der Meulen|
|Material Type:||Graphic, Photograph, Slide|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Jan van der Meulen; Henri Le Secq; Eugène Amédée Lefèvre-Pontalis; Photographie Giraudon.; Neurdein frer̀es.
|Description:||ca. 32,500 photographic prints : b&w, ca. 1,800 col. (Cibachrome) ; 10 x 8 in. or smaller. ca. 2,330 slides : color ; 35 mm. ca. 35,030 negatives : b&w ; 35 mm. and 60 x 60 mm.|
Over 21,000 black-and-white catalogue prints and their negatives recording Chartres Cathedral form the bulk of the collection. These photographs provide systematic and detailed documentation of the architecture and sculptural decoration of the cathedral, especially the three sculptured portals, as well as comparative photographs of motifs from other French and German churches related to Chartres. A further 11,500 catalogue prints with negatives document rural churches in the Aisne and Oise regions, sources for the stylistic developments seen at Chartres.
Van der Meulen recorded the stained glass windows of Chartres, as well as the architecture and sculpture. Over 2300 35 mm. slides taken by van der Meulen document the entire clerestory and lower panels with the exception of the northern side aisle. Each panel of the clerestory was photographed twice with a 400 mm. lens from the opposite triforium, one darker exposure to reproduce the true color value and one additional, slightly overexposed slide to assure that all the inner details and fold-lines would be clearly visible.
In addition to the photographs taken by van der Meulen, the collection contains supplementary research material in the form of copy photographs. There are almost 500 nineteenth-century photographs of Chartres Cathedral (modern prints from original glass plate negatives) taken by photographers such as Eugène Lefèvre-Pontalis, Henri Le Secq, Photographie Giraudon, and Neurdein Frères. Further copy photographs, as well as drawings and photocopies, reproduce archival materials on Chartres housed in various repositories, including written documents, ground plans and other architectural drawings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.