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Principles of Gothic Architecture Francesco Cappellari, UF 2009 When we look at Gothic Architecture we may note certain features that characterize its architecture. Some of these features may have been partially used during the preceding Romanesque period and yet it is the careful and consistent use of many other unique features that make this architecture so expressive and recognizable. Gothic, first of all, is a derogative term coined during the Renaissance to indicate all the artistic expressions that were not classical. Origin : NorthernFrance Natural evolution from Romanesque architecture: 1. The pointed or Ogee or pointed arch used in some Romanesque works finds its full and holistic expression in the Gothic. 2. Exterior walls become more articulated especially in connection with one or more arches. Principles developed by Romanesque builder s: 1.Counteract the vertical forces with pilasters 2. Counteract the horizontal forces with perimeter walls reinforced by buttresses. These neutralize and balance the two forces achieving
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