ART 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: French Gothic Architecture, Suger, Chartres Cathedral

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14 Dec 2016
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Gothic had negative response with its lack of sensitivity. At the time this style was french work" with pointed arches for the rst time. The norm becomes the pointed, ribbed vaults, tall arcades in the nave. Huge clerestory : too much stone before, to bring different light by pointing arches, put more stained glass windows. External buttresses to support a lot of windows. Holes where ribbed vaults met to suck up sound of choir. Increasingly more stilted or pointed which opens the opportunity for stain glass windows. Faster to build a building because less tone, shows development in engineering. Abbot suger conceives of the church as the body of jesus with the apse as the crown of thorns with the transept being his outstretched arms on the cross. Originally plastered over and painted with stars and inverted pots into the cross section of the vaults, and absorbed sounds.

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