Will Emmanuel Macron give the green light to the addition of contemporary stained glass windows?

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Will Emmanuel Macron give the green light to the addition of contemporary stained glass windows?

The Archbishop of Paris Laurent Ulrich and the President of the Republic discussed an order for new stained glass windows from one or more artists. The question will be at the heart of the presidential visit there on December 8.

We thought the matter was buried; now she returns in majesty. In a letter addressed at the beginning of December to the President of the Republic, Mgr Ulrich, Archbishop of Paris, affirmed his wish to see a series of new stained glass windows commissioned, in order to anchor Notre-Dame de Paris in its century. The letter, which summarizes several exchanges between the President of the Republic and the archbishop, was made public by RTL on Wednesday. Two days before Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the site, which is entering its last year before the reopening planned for December 2024, the Élysée has chosen to put the subject back on the table. “When he is on the construction site, the President of the Republic will have to respond to the suggestion of Mgr Ulrich, who will accompany him,” let us announce ourselves to the Presidency of the Republic.

What can the president “answer” if not in the affirmative? Since the fire of 2019, Emmanuel Macron has sought to mark the century of the restoration of the cathedral. Initially, he promoted the idea of ​​a “contemporary architectural gesture”, by suggesting an international competition of architects for the reconstruction of the missing spire. Faced with outcry, he gave up. In 2021, the idea of ​​contemporary stained glass windows arises for the first time, through the diocese of Paris. Here again, an outcry had pushed back the suggestion, contained in a more global project for the development of the interior of Notre-Dame. The Minister of Culture at the time, Roselyne Bachelot, even indicated that it was ” impossible “ to create new stained glass windows without dismantling others. Impossible thing because, she insisted, everything in the cathedral was classified. The National Commission for Heritage and Architecture (CNPA), meeting in conclave, also spoke out against the project.

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“Leave a trace of April 15, 2019”

This obviously does not prevent the archbishop and the presidency from putting the subject back on the table. “This would allow us to leave a trace of April 15, 2019 and over the five years of closure” we explain to the archbishopric. According to our information, this would involve creating stained glass windows in the chapels of the nave. The artistic commission would replace the “grisailles” (non-figurative stained glass windows) from the time of Viollet-le-Duc. It would be, with the new liturgical furniture ordered from Guillaume Bardet and the new rooster which will adorn the spire, the mark of the century in this 850-year-old monument. The completion of the project will, in any case, be the responsibility of the State, owner of the walls.

During the visit, the president “will be able to approach the arrow” And “on this occasion, he will pay special tribute to General Georgelin”, said the Élysée on Wednesday. The latter supervised the site since the fire of April 15, 2019, until his sudden death this summer. “The name of the general will be engraved in the wood of the arrow to mark the decisive role that this great servant of the State will have had in the management of the project”, We have added.

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