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  2. Gothic architecture - Wikipedia

    Structural elements Pointed arches. The defining characteristic of the Gothic style is the pointed arch, which was widely used in both... Columns and piers. In Early French Gothic architecture, the capitals of the columns were modeled after Roman columns of... Flying buttresses. An important feature ...

  3. Gothic architecture | Characteristics, Examples, & Facts

    Gothic architecture, architectural style in Europe that lasted from the mid-12th century to the 16th century, particularly a style of masonry building characterized by cavernous spaces with the expanse of walls broken up by overlaid tracery.

  4. Gothic architecture: an introduction (article) | Khan Academy

    The most fundamental element of the Gothic style of architecture is the pointed arch, which was likely borrowed from 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.

  5. What is Gothic Architecture? - The Spruce

    Must-Have Elements of Gothic Architecture Stained glass windows. It's common to find stained glass windows in places of worship, but they're extremely prevalent... Pointed arches. Rather than using round, Romanesque arches, Gothic builders built tall, thin, pointed arches. Inspired... Ribbed vaults. ...

  6. Gothic Architecture Characteristics That Define the Gothic Style

    What We Can Learn From the Exquisite History and Ornate Aesthetic of Gothic Architecture History. During the Middle Ages, a new style of architecture emerged in Europe. ... The Gothic style evolved from... Classic Elements. While the Gothic style can vary according to location, age, and type of ...

  7. Gothic Art and Architecture Overview | TheArtStory

    Gothic Art and Architecture Started: 1120 Ended: 1400 "“Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbor.”" Summary of Gothic Art and Architecture With soaring vaults and resplendent stained glass windows, Gothic architecture attempted to recreate a heavenly environment on earth.

  8. The Origins and Evolution of Gothic Architecture | ArchDaily

    Gothic architecture was named for the Goths, a nomadic Germanic group that fought against Roman rule in the late 300s and early 400s. Their ascent is widely believed to have marked the beginning...

  9. The Gothic style – an introduction · V&A

    The Gothic style first appeared in the early 12th century in northern France and rapidly spread beyond its origins in architecture to sculpture, textiles and painting, including frescoes, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts. This sophisticated new design style combined a detailed observation of nature with an expressive elegance.

  10. Gothic art, the painting, sculpture, and architecture characteristic of the second of two great international eras that flourished in western and central Europe during the Middle Ages. Gothic art evolved from Romanesque art and lasted from the mid-12th century to as late as the end of the 16th.

  11. Gothic architecture explained (video) | Khan Academy

    Course: Medieval Europe + Byzantine > Unit 10. Lesson 1: A beginner's guide to Gothic art. Gothic architecture explained. How stained glass is made. Gothic architecture: an introduction. Stained glass: history and technique. Arts and humanities >. Medieval Europe + Byzantine >.