Greetings readers! It’s time for another throwback!
Similar to the Islamic religious devotion, Gothic architecture is an unmistakable symbol of Christianity. Quintessentially Gothic are cathedrals, however stylistic manifest in private buildings, decorative arts and interiors. The style derived during the early 1100s, a time of peace between European nations as newly formed governments developed. Religion remained people’s utmost concern, and they built buildings and cathedrals (from “cathedra” or “seat of the bishop”) visualizing the centricity of religion in their lives.
Interestingly enough, each elements of Gothic architecture pre-existed the evolution of the style. The architects of the reconstruction of the Abbey of Saint-Denis in France combined these elements to emphasize verticality which provided abundant light, symbolizing divine illumination. These elements included stained glass windows, pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and elegant, slender columns. Soon, Gothic style spread across France and throughout Europe in under a century. Cathedrals were sited in the heart of cities, towns and villages, given their importance to worshippers. Common Gothic cathedral motifs include trefoils, quatrefoils, cinquefoils, gargoyles, dwarfs, rose windows, foliage (e.g., oak leaves), crockets, and linenfolds.
Medieval Gothic interiors were neutral in neutral colors, accented with natural construction materials. In most public areas, color emanated from ornate stained glass windows. Note that stained glass windows also told visual stories given the largely illiterate population.
Similar to the beautiful colors of the stain glass windows, the silk plum collection at Mystic is as rich and lush as the violet colors in the windows. The luster in the material matches the light reflecting off the window.
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