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Late Late Gothic [Sep. 15th, 2018|04:42 pm]
Tony Grist
Elsewhere the Renaissance was in full efflorescence but here in England in the late 15th century the most prestigious art was still thorough-goingly gothic, but gothic at its most refined- delicate, aspiring, ethereal. It's behind the times, but if I had to gaze at the ceiling- as Bishop Waynflete's effigy (see previous post) has been doing for the past 500 years I'd just as soon have this in view as one of Michelangelo's strenuous male nudes. It's certainly more restful- and has- I think- more of eternity about it...


[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-09-15 06:09 pm (UTC)
I do love fan vaulting as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yes. Fan vaulting is glorious.

The Middle Ages may have been dark in so many ways but I think they had the best architecture ever.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-09-15 08:58 pm (UTC)

I only discovered fan vaulting in Britain...despite our glorious Gothic cathedrals here in Spain not much fan vaulting was ever used. Yes, I can see contemplating that for all eternity.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-16 11:32 am (UTC)
Fan vaulting may have been an English invention. It's a very late gothic development- seen at its most glorious in the chapel at Kings College, Cambridge- and it's possible it didn't catch on elsewhere because by the time we developed it Europe was already switching over to Renaissance neo-classicism.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-09-16 09:27 am (UTC)
Exquisite fan vaulting.

And I agree - far more timeless than lumpy nudes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-16 11:33 am (UTC)
I'm in awe of Michelangelo but I don't like him very much.
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