Hanna Golasz-Szołomicka
Tracery windows from the 14th century in Silesia

    In the 14th century churches had high windows with sophisticated and multifaceted tracery. They constitute an extension of the 13th-century composition but with more complex systems. In the 14th century new elements appeared such as fish bladders, an escutcheon (heraldry) form as well as elaborate multi-leaf ornaments and rotating systems. Tracery can be divided into central, central extended and multilevel.
    In the central and central extended systems in the sub-arch there were the following elements: a circle, a square, a triangle filled with multi-leaf ornaments, fish bladders, radial and rotating system elements. Multilevel tracery consisted of circles, triangles, squares filled with multi-leaf ornaments arranged in tiers. In the multilevel concentric composition elements in the concentric system were arranged around the central ogive.

Key words: Silesian churches from the 14th century, layout of windows in elevations, tracery with central patterns, extended central patterns, pattern with several levels

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