By Graham Howes
This publication explores the connection among faith and the visible arts--and vice versa--within Christianity and different significant spiritual traditions. It identifies and describes the most ancient, theological, sociological and aesthetic dimensions of "religious" artwork, with specific consciousness to "popular" in addition to "high" tradition, and inside societies of the constructing international. It additionally makes an attempt to find, and are expecting, the kinds and services of such artwork in a altering modern context of legal responsibility, modernity, secularism and fundamentalism
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Extra resources for The Art of the Sacred. An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Art and Belief
4 This hiving off of religious subject matter to an increasingly speciﬁc place in the genre was, one might argue, both similar toandpartofabroadersecularisingprocesswhichwasalready operating to relocate worship, theology, even belief itself, to a more discrete and implicitly marginal place in Victorian culture. ’8 Hedged about by such constraints, it is unsurprising thereforethatVictorianpaintingsofreligiousthemes,although possessing,aswehaveseen,anexplicitifdiminishingroleand status,alsohadnoreallysigniﬁcantmarket.
31 Even today Soviet newspapers and television newssometimescarrypicturesofyoungconscriptsenroutefor Chechnyaﬁlingpast,andkissing,areplicaofthe‘Vladimir’icon profferedbyanOrthodoxpriest. 32 four dimensions Such an argument may provide a powerful and pessimistic counterpoint both to facile aesthetic progressivism (not unknown,forexample,insomecontemporaryclericalcircles)and to the fashionable Jungian heresy (held by some theologians and artists alike) that ‘the archetypes by which spiritual realities express themselves are both available to modern man and constantlyclothedintheformsofmodernart’.
Inpracticethetransformation ofthegenretookthreedistinct,ifofteninterlocking,forms. Suchreligiousartasthisnotonlyfusedwith butreafﬁrmedsecularbourgeoismorality. ’17 This conscious dismantling of the formal barriers between the sacred and the secular as legitimatesubjectmatterfora‘religious’painting–evenifitwasto degenerateultimatelyintoartworkswhichdidlittlemorethan eitherportrayacovertlyreligiousthemeinanovertlyreligious setting (‘Contemplation’ was a typical title) or depict religious activityperse(‘HerFirstSermon’or‘LateforChurch’)while makingnocredalstatementwhatever–wasaclearindicatorof therelativelyuncertainpassageoftheprocessofsecularisation alreadymanifestingitselfinthisparticularculture.