Medieval Art

The angels Concert (1470) Piero della Francesca, National Gallery, LondonMusician Angels (two portions of a triptych) (1485) hans Memling, Koninkijk Museum at AntwerpCantoria (1431-1439) Lucca della Robbia, Firenze, Museo dell'Opera del Duom

Gothic and Mediaeval Art
Gothic art was named after one of the tribes who were responsible, in the opinion of the Italians, for the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Architecture in churches changed, and favored churches with enormous windows, and a lot of light that, coupled with colourful windows, created mystery and an atmosphere of holiness. Between the columns, there are almost no walls. The upper arches are cut off into several segments, instead of one round arch. In the 14th century, people start designing ornamented churches (the "Decorated style") in England.
Painting continues to serve mainly devotional purposes of emphasising sacred stories. In the 14th century, Italian artist Giotto di Bondone paints, for the first time, a picture with depth, and the three-dimensional concept is slowly introduced into the art of painting.
Sculpting focuses on holy figures, festive and beautiful, yet detached from the real world. So is the religious music in this period, that has no defined rhythm.
Most artists in this period are subjects of the Christian church and religion.
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