Last edited 05 Jul 2021



These are ogival arches are situated inside Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church in Paris.

Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (eighth edition) was published in 1986 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. It was written by Horst de la Croix and Richard G. Tansey.

It defines ogive as: “The diagonal rib of a Gothic vault; a pointed, or Gothic, arch.”

Ogive curves and surfaces can appear in woodworking and engineering as well as in architecture. These objects are described as ogival.

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