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SACRED ART Edited by D. de Menil & Pie Duploye (Used)
by Couturier, M.-A
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 2650, 2650
Published with the assistance of the Menil Foundation. 1989, quarto, well bound in cloth, dj, 159pp, approximately 100 plates printed on glossy stock, a splendid production all together. Much has appeared in the new age press the last few years on "sacred art". This term is usually applied to the fantasies of old pot heads and their sentimental renderings of cosmic 'visions', the worst of which are populated by unicorns and angels. A trip to any new age bookstore will confirm this. Rarely does an author address the subject as a student, and a lover. This book is like a cooling antidote to the poison that is the trivial treatment of holy things. Until the middle of the 19th century the Catholic Church had been able to retain its intimate connection with most of the great living artists, and cultivated many of them with commissions and support (yes yes and manipulate them too, that is another story). But something happened whereby the church lost its knowledge of great art and instead pandered to a debased, insipid 'religious art' that many now recognize as a religious kitch of plaster saints and angels. Marie-Alain Couturier was a French Dominican who after WWII began a crusade to reconcile the church with some of the 20th centuries greatest artists, Leger, Matisse, Rouault, Chagall, even Le Corbusier. He began his crusade in the pages of the French review L'Art Sacre. These articles have been translated here, Mysteries, The Great Instauration of Light, The Winters Tale, and Symbols of the Ladder of Initiation.
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