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+ Thoughts
+ De LYAUTEY Letter - September 24 1876
+ Sacred Art: Creation and Symbolism
+ Art of Stained Glass: The Technique
+ Art and Emotion

- Thoughts:

The ultimate reason of art does not lie in the reproduction of the visible, but in that of the invisible.

At the bottom, of the ocean, I search for a carpet of snow. At the mountaintop, I search for the great abysm. At the centre of the earth, I search for a cloud...
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- De LYAUTEY Letter - September 24 1876

Poet, philosopher, artist, no matter what you are, worshipper of the ideal; you whom, amongst His Creatures, God has favored of infinite aspirations and of Sursum, go past, my friend, go through the men who knock you and jeer at you while shrugging their shoulders. Don't be led astray by the ignorant and derisive crowd when you go past with dreaming eyes, engrossed, likewise, in the intimate contemplation, your soul riveted at an aim they don't see... more
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- Sacred Art: Creation and Symbolism

Stained glass windows are meant for a church or for a profane building.
It is hence either sacred or profane. Using the same writing style for both is a fundamental mistake and hence, a complete mix-up as regards the aim.

The profane stained glass windows can be self-sufficient as decorative elements. It is not what the Church seeks. The stained glass window of a church cannot confine itself within the play of virtuoso techniques. It must send forth and irradiate a mystical intensity comparable to the emotion carried within the artist. It is in this regard that the stained glass works of the 18
th and 19th Centuries are nothing but a sheer... more
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- Art of Stained Glass: The Technique

Stained glass is a monumental art created in France between the 9th and the 10th Centuries. Its purely artisan technique has not evolved since that time, besides the idea of replacing the red-hot iron (used until the 16th Century) with the diamond for the cutting of glass pieces and that of replacing the gas or wood kilns with the electric one... more
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- Art and Emotion

Beauty is an immediate reaction. However, this reaction remains fleeing, transient and fugacious. What is more important is what remains after a few moments, a number of hours, a number of years.
It is the reminiscence of what this beauty has performed in us that has metamorphosed us, whereas this beauty might have even disappeared...
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