If we are to evangelize the culture, how do we persuade Catholics that beauty matters? Jules Miles interviews David Clayton for her Mystery Through Manners website.
It is important to understand the nature of what we are painting, this involves not only the physical anatomy but also the anthropology of the person. Even then we have to understand how the person relates to the things that surround him, most immediately clothes. The painting of drapery is generally very weak because artists don’t understand how the cloth behaves and how it hangs on a person.
Iconography and Iconology are the study of the sacred image and the symbolism of the content respectively. Jonathan Pageau is someone who is both a master craftsman and and a deep understanding of both. This has relevance in the Christian life way beyond the church building, it extends out into every human endeavor.
All the evidence shows us that that more new people there are in the world, the better the world is and the better it is for the rest of us. Fear and the hatred of mankind as the cause of it in the post-Christian West drive an irrational pessimism that creates greater evils and suffering than those they are seeking to remedy.
The traditional interpretation of scripture and reading of the cosmos - the Book of Nature - sees Mary in almost every detail, who then, in turn, shows us her Son. Until we rediscover that art of seeing the interrelatedness of all things around us, and that so much that is good is in some way a sign that points to God, through Mary, we cannot create a culture that reflects cosmic, and hence Divine beauty.