Course Name: The Arts Past and Present
Option 1 ‘Pugin and the Revival of Gothic Architecture’
Title: How was Pugin’s ideas on tradition expressed in the art and architecture of St Chad’s Roman catholic cathedral in Birmingham? In what ways might these ideas be seen as dissenting?
Introduction: Refer to question.
Give my argument – Pugin dissented from tradition but may have been a radical traditionlist..
Paragraph 2: Pugins dissent from classical/protestant in contrasted residences of the poor.
Show this by giving comparison between the classic and gothic.
Using his artwork and writings for evidence
a) Relationship between architecture and society
b) Relationship between architecture and surroundings
c) The concept of ‘Propriety’
Paragraph 3: Pugins art in Contrasts. With examples of a Classical and Gothic Church.
Paragraph 4: St Chads in comparison to . Marienkirche Cathederal
Refer to St. Chad’s (traditionalist) and Functionalism (radical)
Hardman, stain glass windows and the relics of Saint Chad
Paragraph 5: The True Principles
Conclusion: Summarise points and arguments.
Word count and bibliography.
How were Pugin’s ideas on tradition expressed in the art and architecture of St Chad’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham?
In what ways might these ideas be seen as dissenting?
I will look at Pugin’s theories, concepts and values which differed from those in
the neoclassical society and illustrate aspects of Pugins dissent from the
traditional classical designs commonly expressed , since the Reformation in the
sixteenth century, primarily for the design of official buildings and
Pugin a converted Catholic, alleged that classical of architecture
originated from ancient Greek and Roman construction and so was essentially
pagan as it was alien to northen Europe, whereas the gothic or pointed
architecture was a Christian style and therefore indigenous to... [continues]
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