Friday, August 25, 2006

Fine Art Friday

South West Nave, Chartres Cathedral
Chartres, France
This portion built c. 1194-1230
Image from Pitt Image Library

(Notice how small the people are...I remember feeling dwarfed by the grandeur and scale of such sacred space. It's the only "gift shop book" I ever bought on either of my trips to France, though pictures cannot do justice to the beauty of the building. We here in twenty-first century America cannot imagine the suffering and sacrifice and unfinished toil behind a church that took centuries to build. To me, the construction of a cathedral is a metaphor for the Christian life: significant changes take more than one lifetime, someone else will always finish the work that you started, and the end result of many people working together is always much better than anything one individual could produce.)

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