- What is the overarching purpose(s) of sacred art and architecture?
- What is the role of the architect or artist in producing such sacred objects of devotion or places of worship?
- What landscape features or areas of a city constitute an ideal site for such a sacred structure?
- Does the direction a building face really matter? What celestial alignments, if any, should be considered?
- What message does the ritual order of spaces (i.e., spatial sequence) convey to pilgrims?
- What design principles convey beauty in sacred art and architecture? Are they similar or different to the classical tradition?
- What is the role of archetypes, sacred geometry, symbols, proportion, and ornament? How do these features enrich the ritual-architectural experience?
The following questions were debated after an introductory lecture given by Brandon Ro at an Evening Salon for the Utah Chapter’s Institute of Classical Architecture and Art on September 1, 2016.
To watch the introductory lecture, visit: https://youtu.be/4wFF9BHihf4
Other references used for discussion:
- PDF compilation of quotations: https://www.academia.edu/29804154/Templum_Dei_Exploring_the_Language_of_Sacred_Architecture
Other Short Introductory Videos on the Topic
- “Architectural Theology” by Dr. Denis McNamara – https://youtu.be/2PDWXMMgy9c
- “True Beauty” by Dr. Denis McNamara – https://youtu.be/-c3JWNZSrDI
- “The Classical Tradition” by Dr. Denis McNamara – https://youtu.be/MDpg_ChcgfI
- “Decoration and Ornament” by Dr. Denis McNamara – https://youtu.be/hEi0aqNFpVw
- “Heaven and Architecture” by Dr. Denis McNamara – https://youtu.be/NNvGNdv_dp0