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Gothic Architecture

Gothic Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will introduce the Gothic period.

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Notes on "Gothic Architecture"

Image Credits

Saint-Denis west façade, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint-Denis_-_Basilique_-_Ext%C3%A9rieur_fa%C3%A7ade_ouest.JPG, Arch of Constantine, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RomeConstantine%27sArch03.jpg, Church of Saint-Etienne at Caen, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St._Etienne_church_Caen_France.jpg,  Image of Abbot Suger in a stained glass window, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vitraux_Saint-Denis_190110_19.jpg, stained glass portrait of Bernard of Clairvaux, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:************************************.jpg, Saint-Denis ambulatory, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StDenis_Chorumgang.JPG, Vezelay, nave, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vezelay-Basilique-Nef.JPG , Saint-Denis choir, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint-Denis_-_Basilique_-2.JPG, Durham cathedral interior, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Durham_Cathedral._Interior.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Choir 

    Architecture, a part of the cruciform church east of the crossing.

  • Gothic

    An architectural style originating in France during the 12th century. Traits of Gothic include the use of the pointed arch, flying buttress, rib vault, and a general emphasis on space and verticality.

  • Pointed arch

    Also referred to as the ‘ogival arch’ a primary characteristic of Gothic architecture; also seen in Islamic architecture.

  • Pseudo-Dionysus

    A Christian philosopher mystic and theologian during the late 5th century.

  • Rib vault

    Architecture, a vault supported by or decorated with diagonal ribs.

  • Scholasticism

    A form of theology and philosophy taught at universities during the Middle Ages based on Aristotelian logic.