Monday, 1 March 2010

An Odd Marriage. What do you think?

Am I the only one that thinks this door and arch combination is odd? The arch that holds the door is is from the gothic period therefore it dates to at least the 16th century. On the other hand, the door is clearly not that old and other than having been literally coupled with the arch, in my opinion it has absolutely nothing in common with the arch's dark heaviness and simple style. In my opinion, the door was installed within the last 50 years (maybe more, maybe less) by someone who not only had no respect for the period of the arch, but had no imagination.

My architectural education consists of a very basic introduction to architecture my first year at university. In life, I am a designer and painter, but on this blog, I am an observer and admirer of the doors I show you. What I say here is purely my opinion, but I welcome corrections from anyone. I do try to research things that I don't understand, and in the case of this door, I tried to find examples of this style (e.g. the garlands and the multi-petaled flowers on oval-shaped supports) in the gothic period as well as in the neo-gothic period (also known as 'Gothic revival' or 'Gothik'), but found nothing.

What do you think?


Madi and Mom said...

Hi that is definitely the same design as on the doors. Good research on your part.
After some of the other doors you've posted this one looks very small.
our best
Madi and Mom

Malyss said...

I never learned architecture, I simply love to observe it; But , even if it's obvious that the door and the arch have not the same age, I think It could have been worst!In the 50ies, the style was a real catastrophic thing. But here, someone tried to make the door and the arch match together. It's not a real success, but it's better than trying to marry an old arch with a door of the 50ies...