GOTHIC ART – ARCHITECTURE Explained | #BEKANTANTales
Gothic Art is an art genre as well as art period which was originally a style of Medieval Art that developed in Northern France out of Romanesque Art in the 12th Century AD, led by the concurrent development of Gothic Architecture
One of the fundamental characteristics of Gothic Architecture was it’s height. New building techniques of it’s era allowed architects to extend the walls to make them tallers as with towers. Another important characteristics is the flying buttress which is the most important and defining characteristics of Gothic Architecture.
The original Gothic style was actually developed to bring sunshine into people’s lives, and especially into their churches. The style represented giant steps away from the previous, relatively basic building systems that had prevailed. From roughly 1000 to 1400, several significant cathedrals and churches were built, particularly in Britain and France, offering architects and masons a chance to work out ever more complex and daring designs.
The most fundamental element of the Gothic style of architecture is the pointed arch, which was derivative form of Islamic architecture that would have been seen in Spain at this time. The pointed arch relieved some of the thrust, and therefore, the stress on other structural elements. It then became possible to reduce the size of the columns or piers that supported the arch. Instead of having massive, drum-like columns as in the Romanesque churches, the new columns could be more slender.
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