Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style


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Why did the earlier Christians avoid free-standing statues?

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1. How did Gothic sculptures differ from earlier Romanesque sculptures?

2. Which of the following architectural advances made the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals possible?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Gothic period is known for decorating cathedrals with distinctive stained glass windows and sculpture. Use this quiz and worksheet combo to test your knowledge of these Gothic architectural and artistic features. Some of the things you will be tested on include the differences between Gothic and Romanesque sculpture as well as your ability to identify Gothic trends from photos of Gothic art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Why earlier Christians avoided free-standing statues
  • Differences between Gothic and Romanesque sculpture
  • Architectural advances that made Gothic stained glass windows possible
  • Identify the Gothic features in a photo of stained glass windows
  • Identify the sculpture from a series of photos that was likely created first

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Gothic art in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differences between Gothic and Romanesque sculpture
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Gothic stained glass and sculpture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Gothic cathedral decoration

Additional Learning

To learn more about Gothic cathedrals, review the related lesson on Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Styles. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about Gothic trends in decorating the great cathedrals
  • Discuss the use of the stained glass window
  • Learn how to recognize Gothic stained glass windows
  • Learn about the three major trends in Gothic sculpture
  • Differentiate between the Romanesque and Gothic tympanum
  • Discuss the transition to freestanding sculptures in the round
  • Explore the use of realism in Gothic sculpture