Une arte flamboyant

It is incredible to think how much one person could influence the development and evolution of a new wave art that swept a large majority of Christian structures. Abbot Suger was able to do so at the abbey of Saint Denis, and created a precedence for christian architecture for the next two centuries. Saint Denis was carefully constructed with Suger’s intentionality to create a space that was the best way to glorify god, which set the standards for the next step in art: “luminosity, hauteur, et gestion de la poussée”. The reconstruction of Saint Denis created a cathedral that was one of the first of its kind because it had to develop new ways to create even grander spaces with the introduction of several new architectural techniques.

La croisée d’ogives, les arcs boutants et les pillars are the main structures within the cathedrals that the evolution of gothic art influenced, which later became the key building blocks for the remainder of Gothic Cathedrals. The introduction of the cruise d’ogives allowed for taller ceilings on the inside of cathedrals because the creation of a cross between two arches allowed for the weight to be more evenly distributed. This created a created a greater space on the inside of the sanctuary, while on the outside the churches were supported with the development of les arcs boutants. Les arcs not only gave physical support to the church but also gave it its grandeur and awe. These advancements in architecture were not only physically accommodating for the masses, but also created the most sacred place for them to worship, which after all were Abbot Suger’s  intentions.


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