Gothic Period ARt

Gothic art is one of the most interesting ages in art history. It began to take hold in the 12th century and would end in the mid 16th century. It bridges between the Pre-Renaissance and the Renaissance ages. The period is symbolized by great artists such as Giotto and others who would influence many to come. Consisting of masterful works of storytelling through stained glass, a new take on the old themes, and the towering architecture adorned with masterfully crafted statues; the Gothic Age will influence many people to come much like it did the people of that day. The Gothic age had lots of beautiful art works, as mentioned above, the stained glass windows were a different take on the art world and become a very noticed and popular art work in this time. Most churches from the Gothic era and on have decorated their churches with large stained glass themes that depict Christ, angels, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the Cross of Christ. Just one church allow in Chartres has 180 stained glass windows. The brilliant colors and vibrant designs were definitely a light in such dark times. Stained glass artwork is no small task, it required a degree, only architects and stonemasons knew how to create safely such beautiful artwork.An interesting fact about stained glass, is that it did not receive it's name from the colored sections of the art piece, but from the silver which was painted onto the outside of the glass. "When the glass was fired, the silver stain turned a yellow color that could range from lemon to gold.(Khan Academy)" One of the most striking ways of painting glass is with the use of vitreous paint. "A paint where the liquid is mixed with tiny particle of glass (Khan)". They also used dyes and paints to paint sections which would be worked and then welded together with silver. It wasn't until the 1400's that stained glass was made on single panels of glass.Along with stained glass we would also like to showcase some of the wonderful works of art painted during the gothic era. The gothic era was a time when painters and other artisians was using art to tell stories as well as representations of people and places. Because a lot of people still could not read, the works presented would tell stories of folk tells heard, or religious stories of Biblical happenings. Often times the patrons in a church service could take in as much lesson looking at the pictures and windows as they took in listening to the speakers.Along with stained glass, the gothic era is also known for many other works of art such as it's tall church spires, vaulted roofs and wonderful paintings. We have chosen here some beautiful works of art which we hope to impart on you the mysteries of the awakening of the cultural art era of the gothic age. From the murals, to the paintings on church ceilings to painted canvas the gothic era has much to tell us about the culture of the 12th to 15th centuries.

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