Label Stop, Foliate Green Man
Diptych
Cutting from a Psalter
Cutting from a Psalter
Retable Element of the Infancy Cycle
Angel Holding a Curtain
Kneeling Saint or Donor
Canopy
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Christian Art and Iconography of the 13th-14th Century

The exhibition highlights the contributions made during the Gothic period that are often overshadowed by the enlightened Renaissance period.

In the twelfth century, Early Gothic architecture developed in Northern France as new technologies were applied to renovate and rebuild churches designed using traditional Roman architecture.

As technologies conquered construction limitations, aesthetics drove design. The ribbed and pointed arches as well as the flying buttresses provided perches that could be used to mount statues. Gargoyles adorned rainwater drains. It was found that architecture could teach theology to the illiterate.

The Gothic age was prosperous because of the rise of towns and trades and the growing influence of a centralised church. Money was available to build churches and cathedrals, which soon became important public landmarks. These buildings were designed to inspire awe, encourage a belief in an all-powerful God, and create a sense of heaven on earth.

Text Martin Wray / Photos Cammy Yiu & Martin Wray