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Romanesque vs. Gothic Architecture

 

Romanesque

Gothic

Radiating chapels and apse:

Separate compartments. Unified, unbroken space.

Vault:

Mostly barrel-vaults, some groin-vaults. Groin-vaulted cathedrals.

Arch type:

Rounded arches. Pointed arches.

Main vault support:

Thick walls, buttresses. Exterior flying buttresses.

Clerestory:

Small windows. Large stained-glass windows.

Elevation:

Horizontal, modest height. Vertical, soaring.

Exterior:

Plain, little decoration, solid. Ornate, delicate, lots of sculpture.

Sculptural decoration:

Thin, elongated, abstract figures. More realistic proportions and individualized features.

Mood:

Dark, gloomy. Tall, light-filled.

Example:

St. Sernin, Toulouse, France. Chartres Cathedral, France.

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