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Gothic vs Romanesque Architecture

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Week 11: Medieval Europe IDs








Radiating chapels and apse: Separate compartments.


Vault: Mostly barrel-vaults, some groin-vaults.


Arch type: Rounded arches.


Main vault support: Thick walls, buttresses.


Clerestory: Small windows.


Elevation: Horizontal, modest height.


Exterior: Plain, little decoration, solid.


Sculptural decoration: Thin, elongated, abstract figures.


Mood: Dark, gloomy.


Example: St. Sernin, Toulouse, France.






Radiating chapels and apse: Unified, unbroken space.


Vault: Groin-vaulted cathedrals.


Arch type: Pointed arches.


Main vault support: Exterior flying buttresses.


Clerestory: Large stained-glass windows.


Elevation: Vertical, soaring.


Exterior: Ornate, delicate, lots of sculpture.


Sculptural decoration: More realistic proportions and individualized features.


Mood: Tall, light-filled.


Example: Chartres Cathedral, France.







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