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Lehrstuhl für Philosophie III
Institut für Philosophie, Residenz - Südflügel, 97070 Würzburg
Mail: andreas.speer@mail.uni-wuerzburg.de
Url: http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/philosophie/vv/

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The abbey church of St. Denis remains at the centre of much of the contemporary discussion about medieval aesthetics. This is, for the most part, due to Erwin Panofsky's interpretation of Suger's writings, which culminates in the thesis that the choir of the abbey church of St. Denis, consecrated in 1144 in Suger's lifetime, was the birthplace of Gothic style as an architecture of light inspired by the writings of Dionysius Areopagita. This view is no longer tenable. On the basis of a critical edition of Suger's writings and of a reconstruction of his library, it is shown that Suger's sources and motives were very clearly theological and liturgical.

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