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It is possible to argue that the pointed arch and pointed rib vault comprise the foundational epitome of Gothic architectural style. The abbey church of Saint-Denis in Paris is often cited as one of the earliest buildings where these different elements of construction and decoration were brought together. Gothic architecture manifested innovation in service to an emphatic reinstatement of past history. Certain aspects of decorative art in Renaissance buildings such as Coppo di Marcovaldo's lurid mosaic 'Hell' on the vault of the Florence Baptistry conveyed nightmarish scenes of rare power. The histories of Gothic ruins, gardens and follies are, of course, intimately related. A viable working definition of Gothic theatre might take in Gothic Revival drama, Sturm und Drang drama from the Continent, Victorian Gothic melodrama and the recent surge in contemporary Gothic drama.

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