Wednesday, October 11:

GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE AS POETRY


(See preceding lecture for readings and certain key works that will be revisited)

This lecture looks again at Gothic architecture from the standpoints of artistic composition, cultural expression, and spiritual meaning.

Key works:

(High Gothic 1200-1300)

1. Chartres Cathedral, interior, begun 1194 [ 081 nave interior; 084 side aisle view; 116 detail clerestory, triforium, and springing of rib vaults]; figs. 367--369.
2. Amiens Cathedral, begun 1220, completed about 1275 [ 273 transverse section through choir; 272 interior nave elevation; 275 aerial view; 274 facade view today]; figs. 347--349.

(Rayonnant style)

3. Ste.-Chapelle, Paris, 1243-48 [ 082 old miniature view of interior; 271 interior today]; figs. 385--386.
4. City planning in Siena, Italy, and the Piazza del Campo, 13-14th c.; fig. 432.

Works in context:

  • Laon Cathedral, 1160-1215
  • Paris, Cathedral of Notre Dame, interior, begun 1163; facade, begun 1200.
  • Nurnberg, Germany: Sankt Lorenz, parish church, 14th-15th c., with choir ca 1480.
  • Names:

  • Abbot Suger
  • Villard de Honnecourt
  • St. Denis
  • Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite
  • St. Thomas Acquinas