Gothic

A style of art and architecture prevalent in Western Europe from about 1200 until 1550. Common characteristics of Gothic architecture include pointed arches; tall, slender pillars; flying buttresses; large windows with ornate tracery. Gothic art is characterized by the use of bright colors; more attention to detail than Romanesque art; elongated, graceful figures; and emotional imagery. .

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Refers to the style and period that began in northern France in the mid-twelfth century, and spread to the rest of western Europe during the next 100 years. It evolved into the Renaissance at different times in different parts of Europe. The style evolved in cathedral architecture and is characterized by immense interiors, towers, spires, complex and detailed images in stone, paint, and glass, and soaring height facilitated by pointed arches and flying buttresses. The style also flourished in stained glass, sculpture, elaborate altarpieces, wall painting, and manuscript illumination where it typically features bright color, elongated proportions, intricate detail, and emotional narrative content.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300020775. The J. Paul Getty Trust.