Art and Design, Vol. 4, Issue 4, Dec  2021, Pages 117-122; DOI:

Empathy and Light and Shadow Intermingle in Religious Architecture - Take the Church of Ronchamp for Example

Art and Design, Vol. 4, Issue 4, Dec  2021, Pages 117-122.


Xiaojuan Li 1* , Guanjing Wang 2

1 School of Media and Art and Design, Wuhan Donghu University, Wuhan, China

2 Zhongnan Architectural Design Institute, Water line international Community, Wuhan, China

Received: 15 October 2021; Accepted: 5 November 2021; Published: 19 November 2021

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Religious architecture is a manifestation of the materialization of religious ideology. The clever application of light and shadow in religious architecture has injected soul and blood into the architecture. With influence of empathy, religious disciples integrate their worship of God and understanding of light and shadow in the architecture, resulting in the spiritual state of integration of surroundings and themselves. Le Corbusier perfectly embodied this transference theory in the design of The Chapel of Ronchamp, making the thoughts of disciples resonate with the churchs light and shadow.


Empathy, Light and Shadow, Religious Buildings, Ronchamp Chapel


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