Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pope Benedict on Art

“The language of art is a ‘parabolic’ language, with a special openness to the universal: the ‘Way of Beauty’ is a way capable of leading the mind and heart to the Lord, to elevate them to the heights of God.” - Pope Benedict XVI
Fra Angelico's The Deposition of Christ
Oh boy, take this and digest it for yourself. All I can say is this: art should reflect beauty and use it to convey truth. Fra Angelico did this, and so did men like Bressson in Diary of a Country Priest, which I highly recommend (You can download it at if you register for free!). Bazin, the French film critic, pointed out how it speaks to emotion rather than intellect.

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