Join Sean Adams for an in-depth discussion in this video Gothic Revival, part of Foundations of Graphic Design History: The Arts and Crafts Movement.
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- When I talk about the Gothic Revival movement,…I'm not referring to those teenagers who…dress in black with dark eyeliner…and an attitude of ennui.…The Gothic Revival was a stylistic movement that…reached its peak of popularity by the 1850s.…It paralleled Victorian design with a…preference for decorative elements and ornament,…but added, a spiritual element.…Looking toward Medieval Christian England and France,…as opposed to the Victorian preference for…the exotic and classical.…
In architecture, the Gothic Revival style borrowed from…Gothic cathedrals and Medieval churches.…It was motivated by a desire to return to…morality of Anglo-Catholic beliefs,…and a restoration of English churches.…The Industrial Revolution was changing society quickly,…and as is typical,…people would prefer things to stay the same.…The Gothic style was a safe return to a…perceived simpler time.…The Gothic style was applied to all types of structures,…including houses, office buildings, and hospitals,…with the belief that the style would…
Sean reviews the factors leading to the rise of Arts and Crafts, and the designers and companies who led the charge, including William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Since Arts and Crafts spanned more than print, Sean reviews its impact on architecture, textile and furniture design, ceramics and glasswork, and bookmaking. He also explains what led to the decline of the Arts and Crafts movement , and how its influence on contemporary design lives on.