The Zoom Principle


The visual presentation in the Collection of art epochs is extraordinary. The image quality depends in many ways on the so-called zoom principle. Many motifs are not photographed by merely using the more frequently encountered principle of the "total : detail" but as a double or even triple sequence. In this manner, the reader’s approach to the object is intensified.

By using the zoom principle, artworks can be shown that, without the use of binoculars, would remain unseen to the visitor. In a way, these works are brought out of concealment and given their due attention. Very small objects may thus be seen as if viewed through a magnifying glass.

Example - Chartres "The Epitome of a Gothic Cathedral"

Image 1: View of the nave begun in 1194.
Image 2: View of the clerestory of the high choir.
Image 3+4: The window of "Notre Dame de la belle verrière," taken over from the predecessor building, with red background, c. mid-12th century, surrounded by glass paintings from the period after the cathedral fire of 1194.