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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

An architectural and art-historical term for a style of architecture and art that emerged in the twelfth century and in architecture lived on until the Gothic revival of the nineteenth century. In ecclesiastical architecture, with which the term ‘Gothic’ was primarily associated, the style (which emanates from the skeletal structure) is characterized by soaring vertical lines and the use of pointed arches, rib vaults, flying buttresses, traceried stained-glass windows, high clerestory windows, and pinnacles. In the conventional sequence of styles, Gothic follows Romanesque and precedes Renaissance. The term was first used in the Renaissance to disparage the architecture of earlier generations by recourse to a spurious association with the Gothic tribes that had sacked Rome in late antiquity.... ...

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