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Unformatted text preview: rose window, also called the Catherine window and the Wheel window. They look grand enough from outside the cathedral, but magnificent from inside, with sunlight streaming through. Slide 9-46: Chartres North Window, Cowan Fig. 6 According to Painton Cowan, Rose windows use geometry in three different ways; manifest, hidden, and symbolic. Manifest: "That which makes the most immediate impact on the eye. . . the web of complexity and precision. . . each space defined by a yet smaller geometric figure - trefoil, quatrefoil, rosette, spherical triangle. . . within these can often be seen an even finer pattern woven into the glasswork . . . right down into every fibre and corner of the cosmic rose." Hidden: "The secret geometry of the relationships and proportions of the parts." Symbolic: "A kind of shorthand, where geometric figures represent different things."...
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- Fall '10
- Geometry, Notre Dame de Paris, Stained glass, Chartres cathedral, Chartres