Gothic

Room 9: The Rise of the Gothic

Plan a visit

The Gothic style first appeared in the early 12th century in northern France and rapidly spread beyond its origins in architecture to sculpture, textiles and painting, including frescoes, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts. Characterised by sophistication and power, these new Gothic forms were embraced by monarchies, the church and a growing bourgeois class throughout Europe, with versions of the style still in use as late as the 1550s.

Collection Highlights

Architectural pendant, about 1280 – 95, York, England, limestone. Museum no. A.102-1916. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Coronation of the Virgin, triptych, 1360 – 70, Venice, Italy, elephant ivory. Museum no. 143-1866. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Wingfield-Digby Crozier, Late 14th century, Norway (probably Trondheim), carved walrus ivory. Museum no. A.1-2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bartmann jug, about 1540, Cologne, Germany, salt-glazed stoneware. Museum no. C.9-2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Manuscript, the 'St Denis Missal', 1350 and 1473 – 80, Paris, pigments and gold on parchment. Museum no. MSL/1891/1346. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Statuette, The Crucified Christ, attributed to Giovanni Pisano, probably 1290 – 1310, Tuscany, Italy, ivory. Museum no. 212:1 to 3-1867. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Statuette, The Virgin and Child, about 1310 – 20, Paris, France, ivory. Museum no. 4685&:2-1858. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Woven silk, 1475 – 1500, Florence, Italy. Museum no. 81-1892. © Victoria and Albert Museum,
The Swinburne Pyx, about 1310 – 25, England, silver. Museum no. M.15&A-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Relief panel of Saint Christopher, about 1450, England, alabaster. Museum no. A.18-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Chasuble, 1400 – 30, embroidered in England, woven in Italy, silk lampas. Museum no. T.256 to B-1967. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Plaque, 13th century, Meuse, France, copper. Museum no. M.303-1956. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Dacre Beasts, probably 1507 – 25, England, carved, painted and gilded oak. Museum no. W.8:1 to 4-2000. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'The Howard Grace Cup', 1525 – 26, London, silver and elephant ivory. Museum no. M.2680:1, 2-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Stained glass window depicting a scene from the story of Daniel, about 1243 – 48, Ile-de-France. Museum no. 1221-1864. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Features

Background image: Model of The West Front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, possibly made by E.C. Hakewill, 1840, England. Museum no. MISC.3-1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London