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The Problem of Worldly Art
Brad Miner: With a proper Christian perspective, it's possible to experience profane art and culture – from Biblical nudes to "Bohemian Rhapsody" – without being corrupted by it...Of course, we must always remember the faith and its transforming power. Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) And we’re all sinners. Remember too that Christ ate and drank with “those” people. The folks at Levi’s banquet (Luke again: 5:29-39) are pretty much the ones who today churn out much of what passes for popular culture: Hollywood, Madison Avenue and other parts of New York – and the rest of these United States.custody of the eyes. One of our Lord’s most startling statements (Matthew 5:29) is that “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Of course, Jesus wasn’t suggesting self-mutilation, and “eye” is akin to “vision.” What needs plucking out are the sinful thoughts that distort perception of an already warped world.Custody of the eyes may certainly involve blocking out what you ought not to see – but it also means being of a sound mind about whatever you do see: having perspective.we know from Genesis that the naked human body is good, which is why St. John Paul II called the Sistine Chapel ceiling “the sanctuary of the theology of the human body.” As the Psalmist says (139:14), we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”Western Biblical art has long and often featured unclothed figures, because, really, you can’t paint Adam and Eve before the Fall as did Michelangelo (1508-12), or Susanna spied on by the elders as did Guido Reni (1620-25), or David watching Bathsheba as did Jean-Léon Gérôme (1889) without nudity.Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto, wrote the Roman playwright Terence: “I’m a man, and nothing human is alien to me.” Watching Bohemian Rhapsody moved me; it didn’t corrupt me.
catholic  arts  CT 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi
Niklaus Manuel - The Judgement of Paris
Niklaus Manuel Deutsch (Niklaus Manuel, c. 1484 – 28 April 1530), of Bern, was a Swiss artist, writer, mercenary and Reformed politician.
Switzerland  Art  Arts  Painting 
3 days ago by dbourn
Rachelle Mozman Solano Disarms Gaugin's Predatory Gaze With Absurdist Wit — Humble Arts Foundation
I became overwhelmed at Museum of Modern Arts’ exhibition, Metamorphoses a show on the prints and sculptures of Pual Gauguin while living in Polynesia. The narrative that was being perpetuated by the institution (a narrative that Gauguin told of his work and life living in Polynesia) was a story rooted in fantasy. I felt he projected this fantasy onto his subjects; a story about being immersed amongst a people that were primitive, racially pure, and closer to “animality”, that he cla...
arts  misoginy 
3 days ago by lawrenceoluyede
Omar Victor Diop's Photography Is Recapturing Black History
By dressing like notable figures in black history, the figures in Omar Victor Diop's portraits bring them back into the conversation.
photography  arts  black-culture  history 
3 days ago by lawrenceoluyede
RT : An excellent seminar this evening led by ⁦⁩ on and - a problem with ⁦…
measurement  arts  desistance  from twitter
7 days ago by dgmcgillivray
Stanford scholar Robert Pogue Harrison on the history of romantic love
What is wholly foreign to us today is the prevalent medieval assumption that romantic love is not possible within the confines of marriage. We tend to believe that love finds its consummation in marriage, whereas in the past marriage was seen as a contract with strict obligations between husband and wife, where the wife was subjected to the authority of the husband. It was incompatible with love because love must be wholly free – freely given and free from the social hierarchies that govern human and gender relations in the real world. It is hard for us to understand why love was almost by definition adulterous back then.
Contrast with: "A major theme in Parzival is love: heroic acts of chivalry are inspired by true love, which is ultimately fulfilled in marriage."
Stanford  Robert  Pogue  Harrison  Love  France  History  Arts 
8 days ago by dbourn

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