Gothic Doorway


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16

The reverse curves and lush foliate cusps above the pointed arch of this doorway are typical of late medieval Flamboyant ("flaming") Gothic design, while the moldings terminating in clustered bases represent a holdover from earlier Gothic styles. The flanking buttresses ending in tall pinnacles that frame the richly decorated connecting moldings emphasize the verticality of the structure - a primary characteristic of the Gothic mode.

Gothic Doorway, Limestone, French

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