Gothic art in Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic

The Gothic style spread across Europe, where artists produced sculpture, painting, and architecture for both Christian and Jewish patrons.

c. 1235 - 1500

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Porta Sant’Alipio Mosaic, c. 1270-75, Basilica San Marco, Venice
Porta Sant’Alipio Mosaic, c. 1270-75, Basilica San Marco, Venice

The Porta Sant’Alipio Mosaic, c. 1270-75, Basilica San Marco, Venice, an ARCHES video speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Rodini, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at American Academy in Rome and Dr. Steven Zucker Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images…

Cimabue, Maestà
Cimabue, Maestà

Set against gleaming gold, Mary and Christ sit on an intricately carved throne studded with gems.

Altneushul, Prague
Altneushul, Prague

In the “Old New Synagogue,” desks surround a Torah plaform. Text outweighs image—only plants ornament the space.

Bonaventura Berlinghieri, <em>Saint Francis Altarpiece</em>
Bonaventura Berlinghieri, Saint Francis Altarpiece

At the center of this life-size painting stands humble St. Francis. Scenes from his life fill this gilded panel.

<em>Röttgen Pietà</em>
Röttgen Pietà

Taut skin, exposed ribs, a bleeding wound—this Christ suffered in both life and death. Medieval viewers took solace in his pain.

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