Short Talk

Art as Contemplation


The greatest artistic masters of the past saw themselves as participating in something much larger than themselves. Individual self-expression is largely a 20th-century construct, divorcing art from its true and highest function: contemplation - artistic, philosophical, and, at its essence, always religious. We have lost touch with this foundational aspect of art in our entertainment-saturated culture - how are we ever to learn to look at/listen to/read art in a meaningful way, much less ascertain its best and rightful place in Christian worship and evangelism?