Chapter 3

Light, Memory and Colour

Medieval Transformations

Medieval Europe witnessed the beginnings of a scientific outlook that saw light as a phenomenon requiring rational explanation. This new outlook, however, was informed by a prevailing onto-theological world-view that assumed all knowledge as revealed truth.

Coinciding with this nascent scientific view were important changes in the understanding and perception of space. Whilst the “perspectivisation” of space was not in full swing until the early Renaissance, the cultural conditions necessary for such a transformation were already in place by the end of the thirteenth century.1 Indeed, a number of key developments occurred during this period that lay the foundations for a new perspective ...

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