main characteristics Gothic: flying buttresses, windows with tracery, piers composed of colonettes or shafts bundled around a core. Skeletal system vs. mass of wall necessary in Romanesque architecture. Big windows vs small windows. emphasis on the VERTICAL.

main characteristics Gothic: flying buttresses, windows with tracery, piers composed of colonettes or shafts bundled around a core. Skeletal system vs. mass of wall necessary in Romanesque architecture. Big windows vs small windows. emphasis on the VERTICAL.

Wood and card model of the west front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, France, possibly by E.C. Hakewill, England, UK, about 1840. Annotated to identify Gothic features. Museum no. MISC.3-1928

Wood and card model of the west front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, France, possibly by E.C. Hakewill, England, UK, about 1840. Annotated to identify Gothic features. Museum no. MISC.3-1928

Rose windows became characteristic of Gothic architecture though it came into vogue during the Romanesque period.

Rose windows became characteristic of Gothic architecture though it came into vogue during the Romanesque period.

Casanova, on his death bed, was reputed to remark, "I lived a philosopher. I died a Christian."  One admires an image like this and wonders if such a thing could exist if not divinely inspired?   Roosvenster kathedraal Amiens

Casanova, on his death bed, was reputed to remark, "I lived a philosopher. I died a Christian." One admires an image like this and wonders if such a thing could exist if not divinely inspired? Roosvenster kathedraal Amiens

enclave interior "The Rose WIndow depicted is a symbol of what all French Gothic Cathedrals embraced: stained glass depicting scences from the scripture. "

enclave interior "The Rose WIndow depicted is a symbol of what all French Gothic Cathedrals embraced: stained glass depicting scences from the scripture. "

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