Exercise; Pugin on Gothic

Pugin believed that there were two great rules that defined Gothic architecture. These are listed in Honour & Fleming (2009 p.664) as;

“There should be no features about a building which are not necessary for convenience, construction or propriety;

That all ornament should consist of enrichment of the essential construction of the building.”

For Pugin Gothic (or Pointed) architecture and religion were interlinked Hill (2007 p.120) writes “that was what he now began to believe about Gothic architecture, that in its physical reality was embodied a communicable, spiritual truth.”

Later Hill (2007 p.192) describes his view of a Gothic church being the peak of architecture and of experience, the aesthetic and the symbolic, the spiritual and the material, were all present at once”.


Hill, R. (2007) God’s Architect. Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain. London: Penguin

Honour, H. & Fleming, J. (2009) A World History of Art. London: Laurence King

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