Астверк (ru); Astwerk (de); Oksornament (et); Astwerk (pl); Branchwork (en); Astwerk (fr) style ornemental gothique (fr)
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"Astwerk" (engl. branch tracery, branchwork; frz. bois mort, branchage; it. intreccio a rami) is a Late Gothic/ Renaissance ornament. Its bare, gnarled branches are usually twisted or bound together and often resemble tracery. The early use of Astwerk in 15th-century art was directly inspired by contemporary architectural theory. The twisted branches visualize the idea that architecture has its origin in natural forms – a theory described by Vitruvius and frequently discussed by German-speaking humanists.


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