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Stone Carvers, The: Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral
Marjorie Hunt presents the lives and careers of two Italian American master stone carvers, Roger Morigi and Vincent Palumbo, who have spent decades creating the sculptural works, such as gargoyles, grotesques, capitals, pinnacles, saints, and angels that embellish Washington National Cathedral. Exploring the carvers' underlying aesthetic attitudes, Hunt reveals the spirit ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Smithsonian Books
(first published December 1999)
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Another favorite place/explore from my childhood. I witnessed restorations and even sometimes saw the carvers, and it was a magical experience, the building itself being magical enough. Hunt does a great job of capturing the lives and work of the craftsmen, and conducts an engaging tour. Wonderful black and white photos throughout.
I have recently started doing volunteer work in the Washington National Cathedral archives so I am doing some reading on the cathedral. I find the many carvings to be fascinating. Marjorie Hunt's book tells the story of two of the cathedral's main carvers--Roger Morigi and Vincent Palumbo. She looks at their background, education, training, and skills. Chapter 4 has interesting stories about some of the gargoyles and statues in and around the cathedral.