Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Topic #24--"Gothic" Entry

From Lara!:

"Gloat, a modern example of Medieval Gothic

Medieval gothic art used symbolism to convey information to a largely illiterate population. For me one of the most visually appealing forms of this art form was the use of animals to represent qualities and more importantly people who had these qualities.

Most great houses in medieval England sported a few statuesque heraldic beasts. If displayed outside the house these would have been carved from stone. Those displayed inside were quite often carved in oak and painted. These beasts were seen as a symbol of high if not exalted status, which conveyed clear meanings to all who saw them.

I used Photoshop to manipulate a photograph taken earlier this summer to prove that the tradition of heraldic beasts lives on."