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The Bishop's Eye: Robert Grosseteste and the Architecture of Light

Temple, Nicholas (2004) The Bishop's Eye: Robert Grosseteste and the Architecture of Light. Architectural Theory Review, 9 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1326-4826

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Abstract

This paper examines the influence of the writings on light by the thirteenth century Bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grosseteste. on the architecture and iconography of Lincoln Cathedral. It argues that Grosseteste's ideas, in the fields of optics and cosmology, provided an important point of reference for developinga redemptive notion of vision. This was to influence the emergence of a perspective understanding of space in the Middle Ages that assumed as its ‘raison-d’ être’ the existence of an omnipotent and merciful God. Light constituted the principal metaphysical realm in this relationship, defining a measurable, and therefore communicable, domain analogous to the celestial hierarchy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 11:18
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 11:18
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/15135

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