The Rose Window - The Rose Window Numbers and the Medieval...

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The Rose Window Numbers and the Medieval Cathedral Slide 9-35: Milan Duomo Chartres Cathedral, slide # 511-A Editions E. Houvret Slide Set Medieval thinkers understood the mathematical aspects of number to be of divine origin. As part of the reason for this, Umberto Eco points to the triad of terms in the Book of Wisdom of Solomon, from the OT Apocrypha: " But thou hast arranged all things by measure and number and weight. " or Numerus, pondus, mensura. God The Geometer
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Slide 9-37: God the Geometer, Manuscript illustration. Clark, Kenneth. Civilization. NY: Harper, 1969. p. 52 The importance of number symbolism was matched by a dedication to geometry. Kenneth Clark points out that ". . . to medieval man geometry was a divine activity . . ." According to Cowan, churches had been built on geometric principles since early Christian times. Geometry was the basis of all Gothic cathedrals, everything being created from basic relationships. We've seen that the ground plan was always cruciform, the baptism font always octagonal, and the baptistry itself often was, and
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