Gothic Architecture: Cathedrals of Light

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Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Formerly Columbia University

An art historian by training, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is currently Assistant Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, New York. She holds a BA from Harvard, three master’s Degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has taught classes on art at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, where she was one of the top-ranked instructors of the introduction to art history, “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art.” A regular critic for Artforum, her writing has also appeared in periodicals such as Art in America and Art Journal, and in catalogs published by museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center.


The Role Of Light In Gothic Architecture

The cathedrals that were erected across medieval Europe remain some of the most beautiful—and mysterious—buildings ever created. In this course, Dr. Ryan will explore the engineering and artistry of Gothic architecture through close readings of various icons, including Notre-Dame in Paris. The course will also touch on the historical development of the Gothic style and its legacy and the role of light in Gothic architecture.


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A non-architectural expert but very interesting and knowledgeable

I’ve never been terribly interested in Gothic cathedrals before, although have marveled at those i’ve seen in Europe, but this video was very interesting and has piqued my interest in learning more and seeing more The Professor is very down-to-earth but insightful and clearly loves the subject. I learned a lot. Thank you.

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