Lecture 5 - Gothic Architecture: Poetry I. Rationalism a....

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Gothic Architecture: Poetry I. Rationalism a. Supreme evocation of rationalism = Gothic b. Everything for structural purposes c. Similarity between skyscrapers/gothic churches = point loading i. This statement made when skyscrapers first popularized II. Abbey of St. Michelle a. Romanesque with Gothic additions b. Pointed arches c. Vaults i. 8 feet high ii. Costly iii. Won’t keep rain out iv. Confidence of era 1. Wealth 2. No war 3. Peace/security III. English Chapter Houses a. Polygonal b. Clustered column w/ ribs springing out i. Representing unity of monks/friars IV.Late Gothic a. 15 th and 16 th century b. Eastern Germany and Poland c. Ribs proliferate in non-structural fashion i. Anti-structural ii. So many ribs, dangerously increasing weight V. English Fan Vaults a. House of Tudor b. Westminster Abbey c. Fought their way to monarchy, so needed to show off legitimacy i. In paintings and architecture d. Not structural, but definitely decorative VI.Ely a. Stone vaulting collapsed b. Was great central crossing
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