"That once was, the tattoo says, and the memory remains, even as it becomes strange."
"In medieval theology, light is the only part of the physical world that is both visible and immaterial. It is ‘the visible and the ineffable’ (Saint Augustine), and as such a manifestation of God. Applied to color, this idea becomes a conundrum: if color is light, it is also immaterial? Or is it mere matter, a superficial covering for physical objects? The question is of tremendous importance for the church. If color is light, by its very nature it participates in the divine realm. Therefore, to use it—especially in a church—is to quell darkness and illuminate the place of worship with the divine presence. Seen in this way, the quest for color, for light, and for God are all the same. If, however, color is a material substance and no more than a physical wrapping, it is the farthest thing from a divine emanation, just a futile artifice applied by man to the surface of God’s creation. In this case, it must be resisted and rejected; it must be banished from the church, for it is both immoral and dangerous, an obstacle to the spiritual transitus that leads man to God."
— Michel Pastoureau, Blue: The History of a Color (via emmaylor)