By Victoria Charles, Klaus H. Carl

Gothic artwork reveals its roots within the strong structure of the cathedrals of northern France. it's a medieval artwork move that developed all through Europe over greater than two hundred years. Leaving curved Roman varieties in the back of, the architects begun utilizing flying buttresses and pointed arches to open up cathedrals to sunlight. A interval of serious financial and social swap, the Gothic period additionally observed the improvement of a brand new iconography celebrating the Holy Mary – in drastic distinction to the worried topics of darkish Roman occasions. filled with wealthy adjustments in all the a number of paintings kinds (architecture, sculpture, portray, etc.), Gothic paintings lead the way for the Italian Renaissance and foreign Gothic move.

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41. Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury (United Kingdom), 1220-1258. In situ. qxp 2/28/2008 6:54 PM Page 54 St. Peter and Mary Cathedral in Cologne Cologne Cathedral is the only purely Gothic building (see p. 68, 70, 71). Its long construction period, which lasted over six centuries, did not impair the stylistic consistency. There is something sober about Cologne Cathedral, not only in its conception, but also in its execution. Here, imagination was dominated by reason, the roots of which are buried deeply in basic Gothic principles, which the master builders of Cologne only brought to their final conclusion.

Qxp 2/28/2008 7:04 PM Page 62 to sway, the master had to flee the furious mob and was eventually replaced by Burkhart Engelberger from Augsburg. By reinforcing the foundations Engelberger succeeded in preventing the already 74m tall tower from collapsing. Similarly, the construction of the interior had to be secured with an additional row of pillars in the aisles, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a five aisle structure. The continuation of the tower, which resumed only much later, followed Böblinger’s plans and was eventually finished under August Beyer in 1890.

From this belfry the sign for the massacre and persecution of the Huguenots was issued on the night of St. Bartholomew, the night of the Paris blood wedding, on 24 August, 1572. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg While little is known about the master builders of the Freiburg Cathedral, there is some information about those that built the Strasbourg Cathedral with its three-aisle structure (see p. 26, 27, 28, 29). However, this only holds true after 1280, when Master Erwin (Erwin of Steinbach) began his work.

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