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My first views of it came at night and I took the photo at the upper right. What a magnificent building; such proportion and symmetry! To me there is the echo of tall trees in a forest, majestically reaching up to the heavens. There is also evident a great advance in building technique in the flying buttresses that support the soaring walls and towers.
These were the skyscrapers of the middle ages. Two medieval phrases come to mind in the beauty of this building. Beauty is id quod visum placet — Beauty is that which pleases when seen.
Pulchra dicuntur quae visa placent — Things that give pleasure when seen are called beautiful. A mere thirty yards from this beautiful cathedral in the town square was something that is not beautiful in any traditional sense.
I took the photo of it that is here on the left. It was not lightsome; it seemed to correspond to nothing in creation unless one were to imagine a dinosaur dropping or some giant stumbling block.
Based on representational art, which age seems more inspiring? Which seems more enlightened? Thomas Aquinas also from the 13th century spoke of beauty as consisting of integritas, consonantia, and claritas.
He writes, For beauty includes three conditions: In applying these criteria to human art and architecture, we might consider the following: Integritas integrity — This speaks to the manner in which something echoes the beauty of what God has done.
Thomas says that every created being is beautiful since God gives beauty to all created beings by a certain participation in the divine beauty.
Therefore, human art and architecture are said to have integrity insofar as they participate in and point to the divine beauty of things. This need not mean an exact mimicry but at least a respectful glance to creation, holding some aspect of it forth so as to edify us with better and higher things.
The cathedral above points to a majestic forest as its form, its soaring stone to the mountains. Its colored glass allows the natural light to dazzle the eye and tell the stories of the Gospel. It is a sermon in glass and stone. To what does it point? I have no idea.
As such, it does not have integrity, since it is not integrated into the glory of creation in any way that I can discern. It seems rather to mock creation. If you think it is beautiful and has integrity, I invite you so explain why and how. But I am at a loss to see any meaning at all in it.
Consonantia proportion — This refers to the order and unity within a given thing. What God creates has a unity and purpose in its parts, which work together in an orderly fashion to direct something to its proper function or end.
Thus art and architecture intrinsically bespeak a unity and functionality or they point to it extrinsically. They make sense of the world and respect what is given, reflecting the beauty of order, purpose, and design that God has set forth. The cathedral is beautiful because its parts act together in an orderly and harmonious way.
There is balance, proportion, and symmetry. There is a recta ratio factibilium something made according to right reason.
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