Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

The history of the Cathedral

The term “Gothic” (from the name of the Germanic tribe is ready) emerged in the Renaissance. Gothic called any art which did not conform to classical antiquity forms. In art history it is customary to distinguish early, Mature (high) and late(“flamboyant”) Gothic.

Among the cathedrals of early Gothic architecture the most majestic and, of course, the famous Notre Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral). The construction of the Cathedral on île de La Cité was begun in the XII century on the initiative of the Paris Bishop Maurice de Sully. and lasted nearly 170 years. The first stone was laid by the king Louis VII in 1163 G.

During this period the Romanesque style gradually gave way to Gothic. It is the synthesis of two architectural styles, the Notre-Dame de Paris owes its unique appearance. This is not a squat Romanesque Church, but not yet soaring Gothic Church.

But still new style prevails: in the contours of the Cathedral reign of vertical and pointed forms. Thanks to tapering upwards wall niches and narrow Windows with tracery columns, Cathedral “flows”. A flat surface is minimized, as if the building consists of a game of volumes, the contrasts of light and shade. Especially plastic nature of the architecture of Notre Dame expressive in Eastern Continue reading

Gothic subculture

A brief introduction to the history of Gothic art as

Subculture-a subculture, but the story need to know :p

Gothic style, art style, which appeared to be the final stage in the development of medieval art in Western, Central and partly Eastern Europe (between the mid-12th and 15th-16th centuries.). The term “Gothic” was introduced in the Renaissance as pejorative designation of all medieval art, which was considered “barbaric”. Since the beginning of the 19th century when the art of the 10 — 12th centuries. adopted the term Romanesque style, were limited to the chronological framework of Gothic, it was identified early, Mature (high) and late phase. Gothic developed in countries dominated by the Catholic Church, and under the auspices of the feudal and ecclesiastical foundations remained in the ideology and culture of the Gothic era. Gothic art remained primarily a cult for the intended purpose and religious topics: it was correlated with eternity, with “higher” irrational forces. For Gothic, a characteristic of symbolic-allegorical thinking and conventionality of the artistic language. From the Romanesque Gothic architecture inherited the headship of the architecture in the system of the arts and traditional types of buildings. Special place in art was Gothic Cathedral — the highest example of synthesis of architecture, sculpture and painting (predominantly. stained-glass Windows). Incommensurable with the man the space of the Cathedral, verticalism its towers and arches, the subordination of sculpture architural dynamic rhythms, multi-colored glow of stained glass had a strong emotional impact on believers. Continue reading

Gothic ornament in architecture

Gothic ornament in architecture and interior

The Gothic style appeared in France in the twelfth century. It arose on the basis of the Romanesque style, which used the principle of clarity and transparency, the pursuit of constructive openness. The buildings and houses in the Gothic style are delicate, here applies the principle of uniformity of forms, and to achieve diversity, used numerous repeat elements, in different proportions, but similar in type. These elements created a feeling of delicate lace.

Gothic style in the interior

For the interior in the Gothic style is characterized by large Windows, various lighting effects, multi-window and accentuated the verticality of all structural members. Inherent in this style of features can be considered up desire, irrationality, ease, mysticism and expressiveness. Specific stylistic direction of the interior features Gothic ornament and stained glass in the traditional Gothic colours and shades. The stained glass is allowed to use not only Windows, but also on the deaf walls. As a complementary element of the interior in the Gothic style would look great tiled stove or a fireplace, luxuriously furnished. The ornament in the Gothic style is basically all the elements of the vegetable world, usually in the form of maple leaves and grapes, and geometric shape of the arch.

The colours in the aged ornament

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