Stained window, Cathedrale, Lyons

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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4 Responses to Stained window, Cathedrale, Lyons

  1. marblenecltr says:

    Roman Catholic churches get the honors for constructing the best works in glass and stone, although the Orthodox were awesome as well. Construction of Episcopalian churches continued that tradition while other Protestant denominations in the United States went to wood. So it was with the services, with the emphasis on rituals with emotional stirring of faith that include music and even, on occasion, incense. Those in the wooden churches concentrated on sermons with verbal exhortations. Changes with variations followed, even leading to strong differences in belief. For instance, Unitarians left belief in the mystery of the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the shift can be seen the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. And, today, the Unitarian church emphsizes social programs with liberal, humanitarian principles and minimal reference to Jesus.

  2. kinneret says:

    Interesting comment. Of course, I always figured that protestantism scrubbed churches of anything that reminded them of the “idolatry” (saints) in Catholicism. Interesting about the influence or interconnection between art/aesthetic/philosophy. With Judaism, we are not allowed to have idols (thus you don’t see statuary or generally windows), although you sometimes see windows and you can see beautiful moorish or romanesque influences in certain synagogues, following the aesthetics of the country (France, Hungary, Spain, Italy), etc. Unfortunately a lot of synagogues from the US are new ones in suburbs or newish places built post WWII with the most awful architecture. That happened because Jews were generally at first concentrated in urban areas (NYC, other downtowns) and eventually left for the suburbs to some extent and thus had to sometimes leave their awesome buildings behind and 20th century architecture had a lot of bad ideas.

  3. marblenecltr says:

    Excellent points in all your remarks. In Orthodox churches thre are ikons opposed to two dimensional art and statuary. Also, Catholic churches have crucifixes with Christ’s body, but the crossez in Protestant churches. One reason given is that we say that we worship a Christ who has risen, but so do Roman Catholics, both are reverent. Your comment about graven images is good, but I have seen Marc Chagall work with human beings as subjects in some Temples, but not Orthodox.

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