take5_d_shorterer wrote:French Gothic.
You may like it or not. That's not my concern. My point is that it dominates the field of religious (and also collegiate) architecture 800-900 years after it was first invented.
No it doesn’t. They may still be building “Gothic” churches somewhere but that hardly means it’s the dominant style. No one can build Gothic anymore because no one thinks Gothic anymore – Otto von Simson’s The Gothic Cathedral is a key text here.
take5_d_shorterer wrote:We've have bad imitations of it for decades, but they still are references to the original style, which means that people have been trying to figure out how to respond to this format. No one has come up with anything that obscures its near total monopoly on what we think of as large scale Christian architecture.
But that depends who “we” is. The idea that Gothic is the most Christian style of architecture derives directly from John Ruskin and is restricted to the English-speaking world. Raphael and other renaissance architects described Gothic as “barbarian”. And surely St Peter’s or another 20 non-Gothic Roman churches will spring to mind when a lot of people think of large-scale Christian architecture.
take5_d_shorterer wrote:It also had a massive influence on the development of Western music, but that is another story.
But it sounds interesting too - do tell.