Emerging in the 12th century and lasting for a period of roughly 400 years, Gothic art was popularised through much of Europe, being particularly commonplace in France and Italy. Influenced by the proliferation of Roman Catholicism and cultural changes including the emergence of universities, the movement saw the introduction of naturalistic humanism to painting and sculpture, with figures, like the Virgin Mary, depicted in typical, everyday poses.
As the centuries passed, Gothic art borrowed from other cultures and traditions, specifically Byzantine and Romanesque. Regionality was also a key differentiator, with Gothic works in Italy being wholly unlike those in northern France and Germany.
Here are some of the Gothic artworks you can see on an Emerald Waterways river cruise in Europe.