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1 Gothic Art Gothic Sculpture and Illustrated Books

2 Sculptural Decorations Upward tendencies in architecture were repeated in sculptures  Elongated or stretched Project outward into space Increased concern for reality  Sense of Movement in folds of the fabrics  Increased concern for human emotions

3 Sculptural Decorations Formal balance (Burgos Cathedral Tympanum, Burgos Spain)

4 Sculptural Decorations Informal balance (Death of the Virgin, Cloister Tympanum, Pamplona, Spain)

5 Sculptural Decorations Figures clearly identified and recognized by those familiar with the Bible  Keys = Peter  Tablets = Moses  Horn = Joshua  Cloak = Joseph

6 Chartres Cathedral, France: Stonework above three entrance doors relating to different aspects of the life of Christ  West façade: the statues of the 13th century Kings and Queens are below those taken from the life of Christ - signifying the important position of the Kings and Queens of the epoch.


8 North facade focuses on episodes from the Old Testament

9 South facade relates stories from the time between Christ's death and the Second Coming.

10 Common themes  Veneration of the Virgin Mary The Golden Virgin, Amiens Cathedral  The Seven Deadly Sins  Death and Last Judgment  Reflective of the times they were produced in  Plague ravaging Europe (1/3 population lost)

11 Gargoyles  Term derived from French word for throat  Grotesque flying monsters projecting from upper portions of huge churches “fleeing from Sacred space”  Carved stone or cast metal  They are actually rain spouts

12 Symbolism  Purpose to teach the uneducated.  Taught the four levels of meaning in the bible 1) Narrative and descriptive details of a story 2) Allegorical (relate story to history of Christ and his people)

13 Symbolism (cont.) 3) Moral = extracts a psychological meaning or lesson 4) Anagogic = interpret meaning of a story as a parable for the relationship of one’s soul to God.

14 Illustrated Books  Psalters: illustrated books containing psalms, gospels and other parts of liturgy  Used tiny pointed brushes and bright colors to depict scenes from the life of Christ.

15 Illustrated Books (cont.)  Influence of Stained-glass art  Both Illustrated books and stained glass windows made in same shop  Figures drawn with firm, dark outlines, suggestive of lead strips used to join sections  Placed in “frames”

16 International Style  Concern for realistic detail  More graceful and colorful  Book of Hours -- by Limbourg brothers from Flanders  Produced for Duke of Berry  Showed cycle of life through scenes depicting the 12 months.

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22 ITALIAN CHURCH PAINTING Italy did not follow Gothic architecture Wall paintings remained

23 Duccio di Buoninsegna  Maestà Altarpiece at Cathedral of Sienna  Byzantine features  Extensive use of gold  2 Dimensional figures  Intense colors  shallow space  Non-Byzantine features  More relaxed and realistic



26 Giotto di Bondone  Natural looking figures  Real action depicted in real space  Dramatic effects (simple backgrounds focusing attention so that viewers can experience the work).

27 Fresco Technique Painting created on wet plaster  1) Draw in charcoal on wall  2) apply wet plaster in sections (only what could be painted while wet)  3) retrace charcoal lines  4) Apply pigment (mixed with water and egg whites) on wet plaster

28 Disadvantages to Fresco  Must finish painting while plaster still wet  Paint + plaster = permanent surface  Mistakes = start process over  Add paint after dry = flake off  Some details missing due to lack of time.

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