Gothic Architecture

East-end-of-the-Basilica-Church-of-Saint-Denis-900x597Throughout history, architecture has been the most prominent outward expression which defines an era. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt or the ritualistic sites such as Stonehenge or Chichen Itza, they tell the story of the times.

These towering edifices of magnificent proportion naturally did not have the advantage of modern tools and equipment. Using ingenious structural components instead of overhead cranes, workers labored daily lifting heavy stone and putting each into place with brute strength and simple tools. It was not uncommon for an individual to labor his entire life as a construction worker and not see the finished project.

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A New Look At An Old Art

Early GothicI realize that Gothic art is not for everyone. It is perhaps the most misunderstood form of artistic expression ever produced in the art world. I have also come across comments from some of my readers that have the impression that Goth arrived on the scene with the advent of black nail polish.

While I appreciate the recent resurgence of interest, and adore many of the more contemporary artists, the works of great artists like Giotto di Bondone who dates back to the 13th and 14th century for example, still set my artistic nature ablaze. Nonetheless, the new kids on the block showing up in their long, black, stretch limousines for showings are the ones selling from our gallery walls.

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