National Geographic : 1915 Nov
Photo and copyright by Standard Scenic Company IN THE MARKET-PLACE: NICE, FRANCE In normal times a quarter of a million invalids and pleasure-seekers visit this balmy city by the southern sea. The great regattas and aviation meets of yester-year are now forgotten, while all minds turn to the stern realities of war. below-old man February warming his bare feet at a fire, March working his vineyard, young April feeding a hunting hawk, and so on (see page 486). But the outside of any cathedral, ex cept the facade only, is the reverse-the wrong side of the design, simply the warp that makes possible the wonderful, airy, soaring grace and majesty within; where the true scheme of the builder unfolds in the bold symmetry of lofty column, arch ing vault, jeweled windows, and light- sparkled chancel. And in that chancel at Amiens the most beautiful wood-carving in the world blossoms in the solid oaken stalls, doweled together without a nail or screw or bolt. Heads and figures, orna ments and scrollwork, Bible stories and portraits are there. The tough wood was pliant as putty in the hands of those six teenth century artists, who could send it writhing upward like twisted flame in 40 foot decorative pillars and mold it into the most delicate of fancies.