Gothic Art and the Militant Church

Gothic Art and the Militant Church

Arcipestral Church of Santa María La Mayor

Morella, Spain, Gothic Art


The Gothic Art can be defined as the Art of the Militant Church, as  Gombrich mentions in his History of Art.:

These powerful and challenging stone clusters erected by the Church in the lands of farmers and warriors seem to express the idea of the Militant Church, that is, the idea that here on Earth, it is the Church´s mission to combat the dark forces.

Regarding symbolism and ornamentation the Gothic cathedral represents a microcosm of the Universe. In one way, it represents the mathematical and geometrical nature of the universe in its  cathedrals with all their underlying logic and rationality absorbed by men. Secondly, its statues, decorations, stained glasses and murals relate continuously to the Labours of the Months and the Zodiac. It is oftenly argued that it was here, in the ornamentation, where the heterodoxies took advantage of their knowledge to reproduce allegorical symbols and sculptures linked to occult beliefs that the Church were against of.

The following photos show details of the Arcipestral Church of Santa María la Mayor in Morella, Spain.

NON NOBIS, DOMINE, NON NOBIS, SED NOMINI TUO DA GLORIAM


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