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What have they given us in return for all this Gallic history, for all this Gothic art?
Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Gothic art was a Medieval art movement that lasted about 200 years. It began in France out of the Romanesque period in the mid-12th century, concurrent with Gothic architecture found in Cathedrals. By the late 14th century, it had evolved towards a more secular and natural style known as International Gothic, which continued until the late 15th century, where it evolved into Renaissance art. The primary Gothic art mediums were sculpture, panel painting, stained glass, fresco and illuminated manuscript.  (retrieved 9/26/08)
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  • What have they given us in return for all this Gallic history, for all this Gothic art?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It has been sometimes argued that there is no truer criterion of the vitality of any given art-period than the power of the master-spirits of that time in grotesque; and certainly in the instance of Gothic art there is no disputing the proposition.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make us almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Yes, this work, too, was absurd, but when one stopped and considered the matter, one could, in his opinion, call absurdity an intellectually honorable position, and so the absurd enmity toward nature in Gothic art was ultimately as honorable as the gesture of a Plotinus or a Voltaire, for it expressed the same emancipation from facts and givens, the same proud unwillingness to be enslaved, the same refusal to submit to dumb powers, that is, to nature.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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  • And if gothic art brought to those places and people a classification which, otherwise, they lacked, they too conferred one upon it in return.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Thus, the Roman abbey, the philosophers’ church, the Gothic art, Saxon art, the heavy, round pillar, which recalls Gregory VII.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Unfortunately, hardly anything remains of these monuments, where Gothic art combined with so just a balance, richness and economy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A few miserable, greenish hovels, hanging over the water in front of these sumptuous Hôtels, did not prevent one from seeing the fine angles of their facades, their large, square windows with stone mullions, their pointed porches overloaded with statues, the vivid outlines of their walls, always clear cut, and all those charming accidents of architecture, which cause Gothic art to have the air of beginning its combinations afresh with every monument.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Gothic art , Rococo [7] , surrealism [7] , Pre-Raphaelite [8] , cubism [8] , pointillism [8] , fauvism [9] , pop art [9]
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