Title of Work
Chartres Cathedral
Title of Image
Thirteenth-Century Masons’ Marks
Date
1200-40
Description
"Masons' marks” are the signature symbols of masons inscribed on a building's stones, particularly in Medieval Europe. Believed to have been used to tally work completed for payment, they are now used to trace a building's chronology and construction history. At Chartres, John James has used them to propose that the cathedral was erected from the bottom up, instead of either east to west or west to east. See John James, Chartres, The Masons Who Built a Legend.
This mason's mark was drawn or photographed at the lower left corner of the west narthex wall.
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Architecture
Subtype of Work
Interior
Category of Work
Mason’s Mark
Material
Stone
Subject
Cathédrale de Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church decoration and ornament--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church architecture--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Christian art and symbolism--France--Chartres--Medieval, 500-1500--Pictorial works.
Bibliography
Photographer
Marion Dolan
Copyright
Identifier
FCAM18020200
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Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Thirteenth-Century Masons’ Marks

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