Gothic

Gothic

The earliest Gothic art was monumental sculpture , on the walls of Cathedrals and abbeys. Christian art was often typological in nature (see Medieval allegory ), showing the stories of the New Testament and the Old Testament side by side. Saints' lives were often depicted. Images of the Virgin Mary changed from the Byzantine iconic form to a more human and affectionate mother, cuddling her infant, swaying from her hip, and showing the refined manners of a well-born aristocratic courtly lady.

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The Goths were an East Germanic people , two of whose branches, the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths , played an important role in the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the emergence of Medieval Europe . The Goths dominated a vast area, [1] which at its peak under the Germanic king Ermanaric and his sub-king Athanaric possibly extended all the way from the Danube to the Don , and from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea . [2]