Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Advent Stitch a Day (9th December)

“These references to popular taste are necessary if we want to fully understand medieval theories about colour as a source of beauty. The popular love of colour was deep-rooted and essential, and if we ignore it we will be tempted to think that statements such as, “Things are called beautiful when they are brightly coloured”, are puerile and superficial. On the contrary, this is a case where the philosopher had been influenced by the sensibility of his time. In the same way, Hugh of St. Victor said that green was the most beautiful of all colours, a symbol of Spring and an image of rebirth. It is true that there was an element of mysticism in this, but that does not negate the element of sensuous pleasure. William of Auvergne advanced the same view, but he supported it with an argument based on psychology: green, he said, lies half between white, which dilates the eye, and black, which makes it contract.”

Umberto Eco: Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages

There is some disbelief expressed on the Irish Times' letters page following a decision by the Green Isle's Broadcasting Commission(BCI) to ban a Christmas radio advert by Veritas, a "publisher of general religious titles, liturgical and catechetical texts". On its website the BCI said "that scripts as proposed may not comply with legislation and regulation regarding advertising directed towards a religious end." Before Christmas last year Veritas had to remove the word "crib" from an advertisement. This year BCI considered it "unacceptable" that people were asked by Veritas to visit their website. It further took issue with the lines: "Christmas, aren't we forgetting something?", "Why not give a gift that means more?" and "So to give a gift that means more." They would offend the broadcasting legislation.

Anyway, here is a further patterned house, and the chart for making the pattern:

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