Title page for ETD etd-10072005-094855

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Battaglia, Paul Raymond
URN etd-10072005-094855
Title The limits of a discipline : cogitatum necessarium : architecture and the mystery of things, Michelangelo : a case study
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Choudhury, Salahuddin Committee Chair
Dunay, Robert J. Committee Member
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
Weiner, Frank H. Committee Member
  • Michelangelo
  • Theology
  • Mysticism
  • Architecture
  • via positiva
Date of Defense 1996-08-28
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the parallels between two distinct disciplines: Architecture and Roman Catholic Mysticism. The argument centers on these disciplines' connection to the world of corporeal things and examines the convergence and divergence of the disciplines in this respect It is argued that whereas the mystic is compelled by his vocation to simply notice the beauty and the truth and the goodness of things as the work of God, the architect is required to attempt to improve things through the craft of his occupation. The poetry of Michelangelo serves as a relevant case study.
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