Henry Adams, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres
(1913), chapter VI (The Virgin of Chartres
If you are to get the full enjoyment of Chartres, you must, for the time, believe in Mary as Bernard [of Clairvaux] and Adam [of Saint Victor] did, and feel her presence as the architects did, in every stone they placed, and every touch they chiselled.
That's true of other works of art as well. If you are to get the full enjoyment of Bach's Magnificat
, for example, it helps to believe that Mary actually spoke the words of the Magnificat (Luke 1.46-55) and that she was carrying God's body in her virginal womb when she spoke them.