How Gothic Architecture Became Associated with the Supernatural

Brodie castle, north Scotland. Albert de Bruijn, CC BY-SA How medieval spires and snarling gargoyles went out of fashion and then made a spectacular return under – you guessed it – the Victorians. By Dr. Peter Lindfield / 10.30.2016 Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow Manchester Metropolitan University If you want foreboding old buildings that dark lords and werewolves are bound to frequent, look no[…]

A Very Brief Introduction to Gothic Architecture

View from north-east of Reims Cathedral (High Gothic) / Photo by G.Garitan, Wikimedia Commons By Valerie Spanswick / 08.08.2015 Freelance Writer, History of Art and Architecture Forget the association of the word “Gothic” to dark, haunted houses, Wuthering Heights, or ghostly pale people wearing black nail polish and ripped fishnets. The original Gothic style was actually developed[…]

Siena in the Late Gothic Period

View of the Piazza del Campo, Siena By Dr. Joanna Milk Mac Farland / 12.30.2015 Art Historian Siena: A city overlooked? Siena Cathedral For centuries, Siena’s role in the history of European art was underappreciated. This is partly because its moment of greatest influence occurred just before the Renaissance, a period commonly associated with the[…]

Leaving Rome: Gothic Art and Architecture

View from north-east of Reims Cathedral (High Gothic) / Photo by G.Garitan, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.05.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction to Gothic Art 1.1 – Introduction 1.1.1 – Overview Gothic art developed after the Romanesque, in the 12th century.  The style continued to be used well into the 16th century in[…]

The Architecture of Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, begun 1220. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris By Valerie Spanswick / 08.08.2015 Freelance Writer, History of Art and Architecture The biggest and the highest Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, begun 1220, photo: Dr. Steven Zucker (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) There are so many superlatives consorting with the Cathedral Church of the Blessed[…]

Romanesque and Gothic Architecture of Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, England (photo: Steve Cadman) By Valerie Spanswick / 08.08.2015 Freelance Writer, History of Art and Architecture Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, England, is not as famous as some of Britain’s other great medieval churches, and neither is it as large. However, it presents superb examples of both Romanesque or Norman and Gothic architecture in a building[…]