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The Gothic Period

This era of Styrian art history approximately comprises the time from the mid-thirteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century. Much happened: crises, catastrophes and social change. In a certain sense, the art was a response to reality.


As a result of many internal feuds and the ongoing battles with external foes, the state was heavily battered. Famine broke out because the harvest could not be brought in. As the emperor's debts threatened to rise to immeasurable levels, he leased the monetary system to his creditors, who then minted low-value coins. The result was the first massive inflation.


On the other hand, a beautiful relic of this era remains in Graz Cathedral.