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The Gothic Cathedral

Online / Art in Context

Thursdays, January 6 – January 27, 1 – 3pm


Edmond Bacot. Saint-Maclou, Rouen (detail), 1852–54. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

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Learn about the architecture of the Gothic great church. We’ll explore some of the most famous and majestic cathedrals constructed in Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries. We will consider patrons’ aspirations for these churches, the technical virtuosity of their architects, and the rituals and artwork that animated these spaces. Our journey will close with a look at the echoes of these medieval churches in Gothic Revival buildings throughout Philadelphia.


Amy Gillette

Gillette is a research associate at the Barnes. She earned her PhD in art history from Temple University, specializing in late medieval art and architecture. Her publications address the music of angels in Gothic and Byzantine art and the formation of medieval collections in Philadelphia during the Gothic Revival movement.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?