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Beauvais Cathedral and the Limits of Gothic Architecture

Florentine historiographer Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), the Italian painter, architect, writer and art-historian, was the first to label the architecture of preceding centuries “Gothic,” in reference to the Nordic tribes that overran the Roman empire...

Christ Church Cathedral, located in the oldest part of Dublin, Ireland

The characteristic of architecture we now call Gothic first emerged in northern France in around 1140. It evolved during the construction of magnificent churches in the Paris region in a move towards greater height, light and volume. Later it was...

During the middle of the twelfth century, in the region surrounding Paris, several innovative art and craft forms began to coalesce within the renovations of existing church buildings. Initially consisting of hybrid components within earlier...