Presentation on theme: "Sacred Geometry The Gothic Cathedral, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Gothic Music."— Presentation transcript:
Sacred Geometry The Gothic Cathedral, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Gothic Music
God the Geometer The Geometry of the Cosmos Numbers and Christian Symbolism The School of Chartres and Plato’s Timaeus
The Age of Synthesis Scholasticism The Interconnectedness of Life Divine Plan Social Order Church Order Vision Observable Hidden Symbolic
Abbot Suger and St. Denis “[t]he entire sanctuary is thus pervaded by a wonderful and continuous light entering through the most sacred windows....The work which nobly shines makes our minds shine so that they may go through the true lights to the true light, where Christ is the true door.” The new architecture Ribbed groin vaults Flying Buttresses Pointed arches Arcade above the nave and choir colonnades The introduction of stained glass, “garnished with all manner of precious stones” (Revelation 21:19).
Chartres Cathedral West Facade Application of the Golden Mean to the façade as a whole. Tripartite division: tower and doors. Tripartite division: doors, lancets and rose window. Three doors and three lancets with larger central door/window.
Central Portal: Last Judgment Observer leaves physical world behind Visionary image of Christ in mandorla Four symbols of the Evangelists 12 Disciples with Enoch and Elias
North Portal Ascension or Christ Before Creation Labors of the Month (Harvesting and Pruning the Vine) and Signs of the Zodiac (Cancer and Aries)
South Portal Portal of the Virgin New prominence of the Virgin Mary as emblem of purity Tympanum and Lintel Virgin Enthroned Presentation of Jesus in the Temple Annunciation, Visitation and Nativity Shepherd and tension between Man as corrupt and goodness of Creation
South Portal, Voussoirs Seven Liberal Arts as women on the outside. Bearded men as philosophers associated with each Pythagors and Music; Donatus and Grammar Dependence of secular learning on divine wisdom Important enough to be included in theological image
Frieze of Capitals Life of Jesus Entry into Jerusalem Betrayal Entombment
Dante degli Alighieri, 1265-1321 Florentine poet Explored theme of Love in poets to Beatrice Exiled from Florence in 1301 and never returned Composed the Divine Comedy, an epic poem, in Tuscan Italian elevating the latter as an important language and the former as the standard
Formal Structure of the Divine Comedy Three canticas of 33 cantos each plus an additional introductory canto for the first cantica Composed in terza rima, 3-line verses, each line 11 syllables long with a rhyme scheme, ABA BCB CDC that ties the verses to each other and compels forward movement.
Content Structure of the Divine Comedy Epic journey from Inferno to Purgatorio and finally Paradiso Inferno consists of 9 circles in which each condemned receives appropriate torture. Purgatorio with 7 terraces each associated with one of the deadly sins. Paradiso comprised of nine spheres of Heaven. Begins his journey on Holy Thursday 1300 guided by Vergil, author of the Aeneid Enters Paradiso with the help of Beatrice
Dante holding a copy of his Divine Comedy in a painting by Michelini