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Nature And Purpose
Everything in nature around us has its place and purpose, and there can be no true art without simplicity, sincerity, and fidelity to nature, as its first requisites.
Highest Purpose Of Art
The highest purpose of all art is to teach and enforce true religion. All fine art from painting to poetry fulfills its noblest mission when it breathes the spirit of religion and administers pure pleasure and solid comfort to man's heart.
Daring Art
Art has often been too daring, even sacriligious, pretending to portray the secrets of the Last Judgment or the Beatitudes of Eternity. According to Ruskin, Raphael was the first and great corrupter of Christian art.
The Artist At His Best
The artist is at his best when he is animated by the high sentiments of the moral or religious spirit, by love, holy aspiration, adoration, and praise to the true God.
The Great Source Of Beauty
From the one great Source of the Beautiful above comes every lovely thought or idea, whether expressed in tone, in word, in marble, or in color.
Religion - The Patron Of Art, Art The Servant Of Religion
It cannot well be denied that art has greatly aided religion and that religion, in turn, has developed art. Fine art may be useful both as illustrative and historical.
Sacred Art
Sacred art has been degraded by too much tragic awfulness, too many images and pictures of bloody suffering, agony, and woe. The Romish churches, especially of the old world, are so stocked with painful illustrations of Christ's passion and the pangs of martyrdom as to torture the soul of the beholder.
The Divine Mission Of Art
Religion and art can never be divorced, God hath joined them together in his Holy Book, wherein he gave directions for the construction of Solomon's temple with its exquisite designs, most delicately-carved lily-work, and artistic furnishings.
True Art
True art is not the mere art of fancy, but of intellect and soul, which makes matter subordinate and tributary to spirit. The finest painting of Christ is the merest pigment — mere paint.
Relation of Fine Art To Christianity And Practical Philanthropy
Is it for the interest of the Christian religion to admit the service of the fine arts ? Is Christianity the purer without the service of art ?
Pleasing God
The pleasing of God is the chief of all purposes. If a man pleases God, he need fear nothing. He accomplishes the end of his being. He can win no higher laurel, no richer crown.
Art And Religion
Art can serve religion in two principal ways. Either to assist in the worship, or to show our desire to adorn the sanctuary with our best gifts.
Church Architecture And Ornamentation
In this materialistic age, these times of grand and imposing church building and architecture—an age that may yet rival ancient Greece in noble artistic conceptions, is it not well to pause and inquire where we are, and whither are we tending, and should there be any limit to adornment and outlay for God's sanctuary?
Art And God
We believe in using art, and especially architecture in its most impressive forms, to give dignity and attractiveness to the house of God.
Great Cathedrals Of Europe
Church architecture is not always an index of present church life and power. The beauty of a building may remain long after its purity of worship is gone and the beauty of holiness is departed from its members.
Art Not Regenerative - But Instructive And Refining
We must not mistake the influence of taste and sensibility in religion for religion itself. A man may gratify his taste for the grand and majestic in nature or for the beauties and glories of the fine arts, and yet never taste and see that the Lord is good.
Artisitic Taste
Artistic taste is not always pure moral taste. Some of the most sweet and beautiful flowers may grow right out of a bed of filth, so there has sometimes been an efflorescence of fine art, as a mere intellectual product, from an abominable substratum of society.
Persuasive Art
Art may be persuasive, kindle sentiment, and suggest something of reason, liberty, and divinity. There is a symbolic art helpful to Christianity. The simple figure of a cross is suggestive to the Christian.
The Artists Sacred History
An artist may embody the purport of sacred history in painted or sculptured forms and give it intelligible expression. Angelo, Raphael, Da Vinci, and the great masters of the Renaissance, were the servants of Christian art.
Outer Media Of The Inner Spirit
Christianity seeks external expression of its vitality. It takes the shape of worship and of word, of church or kingdom, and of language or literature.
Materialism And Spirituality
Materialism is the enemy of spirituality. Matter is good in its place, but it is to be kept subordinate and tributary to spirit and not the reverse.
Pure Spiritual Worship
The difficulty of purely spiritual worship was recognized by the Savior when he instituted the two visible sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Communion as signs and symbols of the spiritual communion which exists between God and his people.
Landscape Art In General
For some occult reason in which the two factors of race and psychology are intimately blended, landscape art in its best expression is and ever has been confined within the narrow geographical limits of Northern and Western Europe.
Color
WE are all born color-blind. The most perfect eyes in the world cannot see one-quarter of the colors which are known to exist in nature.
Vibration
The most splendid achievement of the nineteenth century in painting, and its best legacy to the future, was the discovery of the technical means by which the scintillating effect of living light could be transferred to the dead and rigid surface of a canvas.
Refraction
Piracy seemed the only way out of the dilemma; so I boldly seized upon the word refraction and forced it willy-nilly to assume the new role.
Values
OF late years the English term "values" has entirely replaced the Italian chiaroscuro by which painters were long wont to describe the light and shade of a picture as apart from its color.
Drawing
Drawing is the grammar of art. As grammar is the framework on which all good literature is built, so drawing is the foundation of all good painting.
Composition
There are so many millions of good compositions in the world that it seems strange any one should ever waste time on a bad one. The good ones lie about us at every turn of the road.
Quality
When, therefore, I am asked by students for the best way to secure quality in a picture, I feel inclined to paraphrase the reply of Oliver Wendell Holmes to the reporter who asked him the best way to make sure of a long life.
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