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Gothic Architecture - Chapter Summary
These engaging and informative architectural design lessons let you explore the characteristics of Gothic architecture. Follow along with our expert instructors to compare Gothic architecture from several countries and describe the elements of Gothic architecture, such as stained glass windows and gargoyles. We've included interactive quizzes to help you check your understanding of the material. You can submit questions to our instructors if you have any and access the chapter at any time that fits your schedule. When you've completed the chapter's lessons and quizzes, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between Gothic and Romanesque architecture
- Compare Portuguese, English, American, German, Italian and Spanish Gothic architecture
- Summarize the history of collegiate Gothic architecture
- Describe the applications of tracery, gargoyles and stained glass windows in Gothic architecture
1. Romanesque vs. Gothic Architecture
Have you ever stood in a large church, looked up and wondered about its architecture? Maybe it was done in one of several medieval styles. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences between Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
2. Portuguese Gothic Architecture
Can architecture reflect a country's status in the world? What makes a building style in one country unique from another? In this lesson, explore elements unique to Portuguese Gothic architecture.
3. English Gothic Architecture
Have you ever marveled at a large cathedral as you stood looking up into the open space? What kind of windows did it have? In this lesson, explore English Gothic architecture.
4. Tracery in Gothic Architecture
Have you ever stood in a church and marveled at a beautiful stained glass window? Was it made of many smaller windows? What helps hold them together? In this lesson, learn about tracery in Gothic architecture.
5. American Gothic Architecture
American Gothic Architecture, also known as Carpenter Gothic, is a style of architecture dating from around 1840-1870, which utilized wood instead of stone in the building of houses and churches.
6. German Gothic Architecture
Have you ever stood in a large cathedral and looked up? Were you struck by beautiful stained glass windows and streaming light? In this lesson, we'll explore some of these basics of German Gothic architecture.
7. Italian Gothic Architecture: Venetian & Roman
In this lesson, you will learn about Italian Gothic Architecture's place in the history of architecture, defining style characteristics and examples of how it developed in the cities of Venice and Rome.
8. Gargoyles in Gothic Architecture
Gargoyles are frightening creatures added to the façade of many buildings, mainly cathedrals. Not merely decorative, gargoyles serve a practical as well as spiritual purpose. Gargoyles are mostly associated with Gothic architecture.
9. Collegiate Gothic Architecture: Style & History
Learn about the architectural evolution from medieval Gothic to Gothic Revival to Collegiate Gothic. Explore the style's characteristic features and noteworthy buildings, as well as some of the prominent architects of the style.
10. Gothic Architecture in Spain
Explore the magnificent Gothic cathedrals of Spain. Learn about the architectural style's defining characteristics and the unique features of Spanish Gothic.
11. Stained Glass Windows in Gothic Architecture
Have you ever stood in an old church and marveled at the brilliant colorful windows? When did stained glass first appear in religious buildings? In this lesson, explore the development and use of stained glass windows in Gothic architecture.
12. What is Perpendicular Gothic Style?
Have you ever stood inside a large cathedral and marveled at its soaring height? You might have been looking at a Perpendicular Gothic church. In this lesson, learn about Perpendicular Gothic architecture.
13. Flamboyant Gothic Architecture
Have you ever seen a church with stained glass windows that looked like tongues of flame? It might have been done in a style called Flamboyant Gothic. In this lesson, learn about Flamboyant Gothic Architecture.
14. Rayonnant vs. Flamboyant Style Gothic Architecture
The Gothic style is often seen as very serious, but there's something undeniably fun about its later years. In this lesson, we'll examine two later Gothic variations and see how they compare.
15. Rayonnant Style Gothic Architecture
Have you ever entered a large church and been surrounded by walls composed of windows? You might have been in a Rayonnant Gothic church. In this lesson, learn about the Rayonnant style in Gothic architecture.
16. French Gothic Architecture: Features & Characteristics
In this lesson, learn about the most important features and characteristics of Gothic architecture in France. Also explore great examples of cathedrals that defined this period, not only in France but also all over Europe.
17. Polish Gothic Architecture: History & Characteristics
This lesson explores the Polish Gothic architecture. You'll learn about the main characteristics of this medieval style and discover some remarkable religious, military and civic examples of this period of Polish architecture.
18. Carpenter Gothic: Architecture & Style
Have you ever seen a small wooden house with steep roof lines and decorative flourishes? Did you know it's an example of a specific style? In this lesson, explore an architectural style known as Carpenter Gothic.
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