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Echoes Of Solntsev: Pugin And The Gothic Revival In England

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A parallel to the art and impact of Fedor Solntsev-and to a large degree of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc-can be found in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival in England. The major figure in the English Gothic Revival was the architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Pugin, a believer in purpose or utility, advocated honest structural Gothic, not the merely decorative, which he scorned. Whatever else Pugin may have been trying to say in his architectural studies and designs about the Gothic past, medieval Catholicism, pointed arches, national heritage, and ancient glory, there remains a strong social message that is present in his writings and drawings from the very beginning, namely a call for an ideal society, whether it ever actually existed or not, or whether it ever could exist.

Keywords: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin; England; Eugène Viollet-le-duc; Fedor Solntsev; Gothic revival



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