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Rose Window Sacred Mandala Stone
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When I was in my 20’s I spent much of that time studying art and architecture. I was delighted to discover I had a real passion for the subjects, and I excelled in school for the first time in my life. My life drastically changed course in August 2008 when I graduated, the market dove into a massive recession and everyone in the design and architecture industry suddenly found themselves out of work. The industry struggled to recover over the next several years, and I, like many of my colleagues, found work outside their chosen field.
Looking back, I would not have changed a thing about my education. Art school was the first time I felt competent and properly educated. One of my favorite topics was history of material culture.
We dove deep into architectural styles from the beginning of human architecture, through the ancient roman period, all the way to modern times. I highly suggest if you ever have the opportunity to learn about these things, do so.
One of the periods that stuck with me all these years was the celebration of art in architecture through the gothic style. It started around 1150 and span all the way to the 1450’s. I won’t go into an essay on all the details of this period, but this style resonated with me most because of the thought, craftsmanship, and hard work that went into their structures.
Back then, cathedrals were kind of a playground of sorts for architects and stonemasons to try new and better design elements.
The Gothic period it was considered part of the dark ages because we had very little information on this time period.
Ironically in architectural history it was also considered the age of light. Architects of that time were discovering bigger and better ways to design cathedrals that brought in more and more light into a place of worship.
Most people in those times didn’t read due to the printing press not being invented until a later date.
Bring in the stained glass.
The rose window became a way to tell people stories of Christ through pictures and symbols. The rose window is typically placed in the nave and sometimes in the ends of the transepts of the cathedral. If you have ever visited old cathedrals in Europe, you will get the sense of awe and splendor and a sense of reverence when entering.
Art gives a voice to things and ideas that have no words. It’s a different way of communicating and it’s a shame we don’t give it much thought as a society anymore.
If we did, perhaps we could understand one another better.