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From the Paper:"Gothic architecture is viewed in two different but complementary ways. On the one hand the Gothic style was the result of daring builders who took preexisting elements from Romanesque architecture, experimented with them, improved upon them, and produced new technological forms. On the other hand, the great churches were reflections of the heavenly city as a "gem-encrusted, translucent, shining vision (Kostof 331). These two ways of looking at the Gothic are really one, however, since, as Kostof puts it, "technology needs a vision to become a style" (332-33). The new manner of building might have occurred anyway since the principal elements--the pointed arch, the vault rib, the flying buttress, stained glass--had all been used in other places prior to the 1130s. But the immense expenditures and the radical change in style would not have been justified if there..."
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Gothic Architecture (2003, May 12) Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/gothic-architecture-10366/
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