Victoria Charles, Klaus H. Carl's Gothic Art PDF

By Victoria Charles, Klaus H. Carl

Gothic artwork reveals its roots within the robust structure of the cathedrals of northern France. it's a medieval artwork flow that developed all through Europe over greater than 2 hundred years. Leaving curved Roman varieties in the back of, the architects begun utilizing flying buttresses and pointed arches to open up cathedrals to sunlight. A interval of significant monetary and social swap, the Gothic period additionally observed the improvement of a brand new iconography celebrating the Holy Mary – in drastic distinction to the apprehensive issues of darkish Roman occasions. choked with wealthy alterations in the entire quite a few artwork kinds (architecture, sculpture, portray, etc.), Gothic artwork lead the way for the Italian Renaissance and foreign Gothic stream.

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After the choir was finished, these successors pursued their own artistic goals without disturbing the harmony of the overall building. While the five aisle conception of the choir was extended to the nave – thus the Gothic ground plan was brought to its highest perfection – the vertical tendency was increasingly emphasised as building progressed, until it found its highest expression in the western façade with its pair of towers. Only one sketched plan from the beginning of the fourteenth century has survived.

Westminster Abbey The last great work of Willem of Sens is Westminster Abbey in London (see p. 50, 51). When building commenced in 1245, a pronounced Anglo-Gothic method of construction was already established practice. Its characteristic peculiarity was a straight ending choir without ambulatory, which often was extended into a square Lady Chapel. Above the crossing, a massive square tower replaced the ridge turret. Also typical are the two transepts, the arrangement of horizontal and vertical tendencies, as well as the exuberant creation of the vaults, which in the end would indulge in excessive extravagance (net, star and fan vaults with low hanging keystones).

Still, there are some churches in Saxony and Thuringia that are of monumental significance. The most voluminous and artistically significant are Magdeburg Cathedral (1209-1520) (see p. 66), Halberstadt Cathedral (1239-1492) with its towers that stem from the early building period and still bear Romanesque forms, and the Cathedrals of Meissen and Erfurt. The latter two are hall churches and feature a three aisle structure. The equal height of the aisles accommodates the need for spaciousness that had manifested itself in the reign of the Romanesque style.

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