Twelfth-century French Religious Art Part of the Life & Learning Programme at Hereford Cathedral. Two talks about the Romanesque cathedral of Chartres. In 1194 a devastating fire destroyed almost all the cathedral of Chartres as it then stood, leaving only the lower part of the West façade standing. The surviving sculptures and stained glass nevertheless afford a remarkably comprehensive insight into French religious art of the mid-twelfth century at a significant stage of its development, when Romanesque models were being challenged by gothic art on the one hand and Byzantine influence on the other. Peter White read History and Theology at Cambridge and taught at Wellington College. The photographs accompanying the lecture were taken at his direction. 1. Sculptures – The Royal Portal 2. The stained glass windows. These talks cost £8 per talk and booking is essential via the Cathedral Library on 01432 374 225/6 or by emailing [email protected] Please note there are two talks, the second of which is on 28 February.