Discuss the role of light in Gothic Art and Architecture.
The role of light in Gothic art and architecture differs from French Gothic art and architecture to German Gothic art and architecture. There are also some similar aspects of the two Gothic arts and architectures. One difference from French Gothic and German Gothic is that the French Gothic art and architecture was a lot more lit up threw many stain glass windows. And the German Gothic art and architecture was much darker. The French Gothic and the German Gothic both have one thing in common. A rose window is shown in figure 13-14 on page 371 found in our text. This rose window happens to be a French rose window. The stain glass windows below the rose window are called lancets.
As far as lightness and darkness between the two different Gothic architectures the German Gothic was darker than the French Gothic. As a person can see in figure 13-17 on page 374 and figure 13-47 on page 391 (in our text) the difference between the two. The French Gothic architecture in figure 13-17 on page 374 is much more lit. And the German Gothic architecture in figure 13-47 on page 391 is much darker comparably.
The role light plays in Gothic art and architecture is to bring a more spiritual feeling or godly feeling. The light coming in threw the many stain glass windows gives off or adds to the godly or heavenly atmosphere. I think it is beautiful. Except, I also feel like the outside of the architecture is a little scary. The exterior of these Cathedrals are in my opinion way to similar to a horror movie, I would not want to be in one by my self. Although I would like to visit one of the Cathedrals one day just to see for my self how brilliant the light is.
Misty J Slavens