Development of Gothic Art and Architecture

            An interesting aspect of Gothic art for me is the rapidity with which it spreads internationally, especially architecturally. Used primarily in religious buildings, the use of Gothic art and architecture also represented a huge transition in the understanding of engineering and technology. The use of the flying buttress is an engineering feat that allowed buildings (specifically churches) to be built much taller than their predecessors. This development allowed churches to reach even further into the sky to represent and point towards heaven. Furthermore, new architectural developments allowed for more windows to be added to the structures which created spaces with more natural light and gave way to the development of stained glass windows as art.

            The transition from the rounded arch to the peaked arch became very popular throughout France and eventually throughout Europe. Evidence of the influence of Gothic architecture can be seen in churches in both Italy and Great Britain as well as in other regions. I also found it very interesting that before the Gothic period, murals were a very popular method of depicting art, but as Gothic art became more well known, stained glass windows eventually became more prevalent. The spread of Gothic design influenced churches, military buildings, and civic buildings throughout Europe and abroad. It is intriguing to look at the start of a new type of style and technology and see how that style is perpetuated and copied around the world. It is also worth looking into the transition from the Gothic period to the Renaissance and identifying certain commonalities between the way thought and society’s ideals are reflected in the art and architecture.

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