Gothic is the term used to describe the style of art and architecture that developed in Northern France in the 12th Century AD, and subsequently spread across much of Western Europe. The Gothic style was adapted by artists and craftsmen in different regions, and continued to evolve as the predominant style of architecture until the 16th and 17th centuries.
While the Gothic is mainly associated with ecclesiastical architecture, other typical media include sculpture, panel painting, stained glass, fresco and illuminated manuscripts. While the Gothic fell out of favour for several centuries, it regained popularity in the mid-19th century (see: Gothic Revival)

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