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Italian Gothic architecture
|Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi.||The interior of Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence.|
|Siena Cathedral||Doge's Palace in Venice.|
The Gothic architecture appeared in Italy in the 12th century. Italian Gothic always maintained peculiar characteristic which differentiated its evolution from that in France, where it had originated, and in other European countries. In particular, the architectural ardite solutions and technical innovations of the French Gothic cathedrals never appeared: Italian architects preferred to keep the construction tradition established in the previous countries. Aesthetically, in Italy the vertical development was rarely important.
A possible timeline of Gothic architecture in Italy can comprise:
an initial development of the Cistercian architecture
Early Italian Gothic phase (c. 1228-1290)
Mature Italian Gothic of 1290-1385
Late Italian Gothic from 1385 to the 16th century, with the completion of the great Gothic edifices begun previously, as in Milan and Bologna.