"Let us consider a little each of these characters in succession, and first (for of the shafts enough has been said already), what is very peculiar to this church--its luminousness
The pallor of his countenance had assumed, if possible, a more ghastly hue--but the luminousness
of his eye had utterly gone out.
Heidegger is dismissive of the decadent present but reverential of the healing character and luminousness
of Being, whose solitary prophet Heidegger paints himself as.
The word conveys a dual meaning, evoking both Akari's luminousness
and seeming weightlessness, much as the lights merge a duality of traditions, uniting craft with technology through the simple act of inserting an electrical bulb into a form usually illuminated by candlelight.
This infinite universe of "endless perfectnesse," in which the angels' "selves can not endure his [God's] sight" for sheer luminousness
(An hymne of heavenly beautie 105, 118-119; Spenser 1959: 597), is in opposition with the image in another writing by Spenser, Ruins of Rome, in which we find a vision of deep open Abysses, of darkest hell, of Great Babylon, of the "worlds' inconstancie" (3: 40), of the temporal fight lasting 36,000 years (22: 304), a vision of the bands of elements returning to their primordial strife, and of the seeds of creation returning to the matrix of chaos:
The attachment to fact in turn underwrites Ruskin's tenet of distinctness in art, a tenet directly antithetical to that of obscurity, so frequently the quality of the Romantic sublime: "in general all great drawing is distinct drawing; for truths which are rendered indistinctly might, for the most part, as well not be rendered at all" (5:60), and again, "generally speaking, all haste, slurring, obscurity, indecision, are signs of low art, and all calmness, distinctness, luminousness
, and positiveness, of high art" (5:61).
Under the luminousness
of real vision, it alone takes possession, takes value.