Functional Aesthetics 2

Functional Aesthetics 2 - Kevin Chou AP Art History...

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Kevin Chou AP Art History Functional Aesthetics The gothic cathedrals of Europe are examples of ‘functional aesthetics’. Cathedrals such as Chartres, have interior and exterior designs that captures a vast array of features that displays the use of functional aesthetics. The Chartres cathedral is an expression of the majestic and power of Christ, as well as showing the importance of the Virgin Mary. Both the exterior and interior designs of the Chartres cathedral shows the how the influence of Christ affect the designs of the Chartres Cathedral. The façade of the cathedral have sculptures depicting religious images. For example the Royal Portal, the west façade of the cathedral is the most used example for how the building functions as a symbol of Christ. The sculptures, if viewed from left to right shows Christ ascension, also known as the last judgment. The central theme focused on Christ’s second coming but at Chartres the central importance focused on salvation rather than damnation. Therefore, on the
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