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Capitel adieu

For over 20 years, they have accompanied me in my preoccupation with medieval architecture. Wherever a pillar, a column - they end in a capital.

Whether ancient capitals, such as in Jouarre, old medieval mushroom capitals, or daring or poetic figurative Romanesque capitals - I have dealt with them a lot and they have always fascinated me.

With the abundance of types and forms, I have occasionally forgotten their function: they organize and decorate the transition between the column and the beams or vaults.

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Main church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, late Gothic, 15th century


After having dealt with Late Gothic architecture more intensively, I have had to conclude (why so late?) - the capital disappears. Like branches of a tree, the column gave birth to a bundle of different vault types.

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Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, Late Gothic, 15th century

Despite a certain melancholy, two things offer me comfort: the problem was mostly resolved in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and the capital would be honored again during subsequent art periods.

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