Arches

Ogee arch

Palazzo Gritti

Photographer: Edwin Smith, 1961
Copyright: Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection


One of the characteristics of secular Gothic architecture in Venice is the inflected or ogee arch. It was probably of Moorish origin and was not adopted in religious buildings where the simple, two-centred pointed arch was instead commonly used. Only the most solid elements in domestic architecture featured this type of arch.