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For those invested in the rediscovery of beauty, discussions regarding the place of the “Catholic imagination” in artistic creativity are commonplace. All too often, the investigation of these questions is distorted and misdirected by an adoption, usually unconscious, on the part of the investigator of aspects of the Romantic ethos that still dominates the secular worldview. Fr. McNabb’s approach is an antidote to this.
Throughout scripture there is a question that is constantly asked of us. It is asked in different ways, using different words but it is always the same question.
Do we live for God or do we live for ourselves? What are our priorities?
Interesting examples from Poland of contemporary icons. The article is primarily about the results of a competition but it does have examples of the work of several artists.
I am guessing that most can see that the overall effect of Bougeureau’s style is one a superficial sentimentality which, I would argue, is inappropriate for liturgical art.
A feeling of utter unworthiness and distance from God is usually necessary before one accepts their mission.