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Grosseteste in Glass. ‘Colour is light in a diaphanous medium’ (Gross d.1253)

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2019) Grosseteste in Glass. ‘Colour is light in a diaphanous medium’ (Gross d.1253). In: Napa Light Festival, 19 Jan 2019, Napa, CA, USA.

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Grossetestes’s treatise on colour, De colore begins with the statement ‘Colour is light embodied in a diaphanous medium’. (The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste’s De colore, ed. and trans. Giles E M. Gasper, Hannah Smithson et al). This leads to the question, what might that diaphanous medium be? To the artist working primarily in glass, this is a simple question to answer, it must be glass, (as opposed to air or water). This paper explores Grosseteste’s treatise De colore (On Colour) and discusses how glass and more particularly coloured glass is a perfect medium to demonstrate his theories.

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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 14:17
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2023 04:30


Author: Cate Watkinson ORCID iD
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