Gothic art

Gothic art in England

Crazy vaults, ball flowers, and carved angels that appear to sing...

c. 1200 - 1400

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Four styles of English medieval architecture at Ely Cathedral
Four styles of English medieval architecture at Ely Cathedral

An Anglo-Saxon princess founded a nunnery in the eel-filled marshy waters of East Anglia; see how it developed during the Middle Ages.

Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel
Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel

Art Historian Paul Binski recovers the Lady Chapel's former opulence in his imagination, and ours.

Henry VII Chapel
Henry VII Chapel

Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London, begun 1503. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris      

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral

Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, begun 1088, Lincoln, England Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker Additional resources: Lincoln Cathedral website Cathedrals of Britain (BBC)   Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral, Wells, England, begun c. 1175. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris.    Additional resources: Wells Cathedral website Gothic architecture from the V&A Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

<em>The Wilton Diptych</em>
The Wilton Diptych

The Wilton Diptych, c. 1395-99, tempera on oak panel, 53 x 37 cm (The National Gallery, London) This painting at The National Gallery

Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, begun 1220. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris The biggest and the highest There are so many superlatives consorting with the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury: it has the tallest spire in Britain (404 feet); it houses the best preserved of the four surviving original […]

Southwell Minster
Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, England, is not as famous as some of Britain’s other great medieval churches, and neither is it as large. However, it presents superb examples of both Romanesque or Norman and Gothic architecture in a building that suffered little damage during the turbulent years of the British Reformation, Civil War, and World […]

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