Nestled against the banks of the River Seine towers a monument of a time and place lost to the world surrounding it. The building’s dark and brooding facade watches over the crowds that visit it every day of every year, swarming in herds to take pictures with it. However, as the cameras snap millions of pictures in the quest for the perfect selfie, the question arises: are the photographers really seeing the testament to medieval life that looms above them or do they see a beloved character from a wildly manipulated fairytale?
Wilson, Maura, "Notre Dame de Paris: Before, During, and After the Hunchback: A Study in Medievalism" (2015). The Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. 1.