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The lofty roof was indistinct, for the lamps were not fully lighted yet; while through the richly-painted Gothic window at one end the moonbeams fell, many-tinted, on the floor, and mocked with their vividness the struggles of the artificial light to illuminate its little sphere.
I love this quote from Ruth it creates such a strong visual image.
Before Gothic architecture buildings were stodgy and dark; thick walls and small windows.
Gothic architecture innovations (ie. pointed arch, flying buttresses) brought space (or more accurately height) and an array of windows. They were designed to help the illiterate people of the Middle-Ages enjoy and ‘read’ the Bible through the depicted scenes.
Different Types of Gothic Windows
Gothic Window Tracery
- What do you think the strong colorful light contrasted with the struggling artificial light might symbolize?
“Gothic Windows.” ChestofBooks.com: Read Books Online for Free. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://chestofbooks.com/architecture/Modern-Buildings-Construction-V5/Gothic-Windows.html>.
“Looking at Buildings: Gothic Windows and Tracery.” Looking at Buildings: Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.lookingatbuildings.org.uk/styles/medieval/walls-and-windows/gothic-windows-and-tracery.html>.