Goth Symbolism In Gothic Art

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In present-day times, "Goth" has been used to describe a unique subculture with its own style of music, fashion, and aesthetic. The dark, often gloomy Goth symbolism was influenced by Gothic fiction, particularly horror movies. Forget the association of the word "Gothic" to dark, ghostly pale people wearing black lipstick and fishnets. The original Gothic style was actually developed to bring happiness into people 's lives, and especially into their churches. Gothic style developed in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was mainly a method of building, many Gothic characteristics appeared first in architecture. Many of the world 's great cathedrals and churches were built in the Gothic style between the 12th and 16th centuries.
From roughly 1000
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Its most recognizable feature is the stone window tracery of a flamelike
S-shaped curve. “The Gothic art movement in medieval Europe began as a manifestation of religious paintings, sculptures and architecture in the 12th century (Wolfram 335).” However, by its late period in the 14th and 15th centuries, the Gothic art movement strove to liberate painted and sculpted images to a more natural and free-flowing depiction. Early Gothic sculpture was usually carved in relief on the side or interior of a church, the images were simplistically rendered and meant to represent an idealized view of man, saints, angels and Jesus. As the
Gothic period progressed, sculptors strove to create more natural-looking images, adding detail, movement and very human facial expressions to their sculptures. “Paintings also began to include much more detail and depicted many figures in motion rather than statically sitting or standing (Woods 302).” Both of these innovations gave late Gothic paintings a more "natural" look than earlier ones had. Emotions such as joy and sorrow also became evident within the late Gothic paintings and sculptural representations.
Gothic design was heavily influenced by Roman and Medieval architecture. Initial

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