Gothic Architecture Descriptive Essay

Gothic Architecture
An analytical paper on the birth of Gothic architecture with a focus on its beginnings in Paris.
# 117141 | 1,197 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2009 in Architecture (European)

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This paper discusses how the Gothic style of architecture was born in Paris, France and spread throughout Europe. With standard elements of stained glass, ribbed vaults, and pointed arches, the Gothic style is easily recognizable from its origins and influence. The paper examines some key pieces of architecture such as Notre Dame, the Abbey Church of St. Denis and the Cathedral of Sens and the paper contains images and pictures as illustrations.

From the Paper:

"The Abbey Church of St. Denis was renovated by the Abbot Suger of the city in 1137. It was built around a pre-existing Carolingian church which was left standing because it was said to have been consecrated by Christ himself . Added to the Carolingian church were a two towered narthex and a choir. Individual Gothic elements of the new facade were combined for the first time at St. Denis like double towers, sculpted portals, a round window, and vertical compositions in groups of three . The new Gothic choir consisted of a double ambulatory, seven radiating chapels, glass stained windows, rib vaults, and pointed arches. Influences for St. Denis came from the cathedrals of Durham (ribbed vault), Caen (skeletal frame and linear quality of walls), and Angevin (light and space) ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aubert, Marcel. Art of the High Gothic era. Crown Publishers, New York, NY. 1965.
  • Binding, Gunther. High Gothic. Taschen, London. 1999.
  • Born, Wolfgang. The Introduction of the Bulbous Dome into Gothic Architecture and Its Subsequent Development. Speculum, Vol. 19, No. 2. (Apr., 1944), pp. 208-221.
  • Branner, Robert. Gothic Architecture. George Braziller, New York. 1961.
  • Coldstream, Nicola. Medieval Architecture. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 2002.

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