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On Late-Gothic Vault Geometry

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Late-Gothic architecture is rich by its variety in shape and constructive backgrounds. The English heritage is quite distant from the examples found in France or those from Germany and surroundings or those from the Iberian Peninsula. From a design theoretical point of view, one could define the Gothic style as one of intelligent adaptation. Whereas in Romanesque times, vaults were bound to fit in a rigid grid system, with, as the single element, a square vault plan, the Gothic building master could choose the proportion between the width and length of a vault part. Exact knowledge existed in all its inherent consequence and this was ready to be applied to practice. This knowledge was Geometry. The principal arch was put on the symmetry axis of a rib section and in the middle of the rib bottom.

Keywords: Gothic vault geometry; Iberian peninsula; rib pattern



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