Nuremberg, 6 September 1938
The proof of the endowment of a true artist is always to be found in the fact that his work of art expresses the general will of a period. Perhaps that is most clearly shown in architecture …. The religious mystical world of the Christian Middle Ages, turning inwards upon itself, found forms of expression which were possible only for that world — for that world alone could they be of service. A Gothic stadium is as unthinkable as a Romanesque railway station or a Byzantine market hall. The way in which the artist of the Middle Ages, of the beginnings of the modern world, found the artistic solution for the buildings which he was commissioned to create is in the highest degree striking and admirable.
Amiens choir, 13th-century France.
That way, however, is no evidence that the conception of the content of life held by…
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