Sacred Art: Creation and Symbolism
accordinto Schopenhauer, art is the best means to accede to the
pure knowledge of the universe, Sacred art is the best means to
accede to the least impure knowledge of God.
this manner, the artist, intuitively impressed, must express the
divine and, via his message, must bring to life the existence of
God. The created work, therefore, obliges us to think of the
nature of the Creator in a subjective manner. It must as well,
through its specific, inherent qualities, make us feel this
presence in a physical manner. If harmony is achieved through a
perfect integration, the Work can help us reach the sublime, the
ecstasy, the Revelation, the ejaculatory prayer. The felt
sensations, the ambiance, the general atmosphere have their
impact on the soul and on the body in a transcendental principle.
If the whole of these elements is reached, I can proclaim, in
absolute value, that the Church as a building of stone, stained
glass windows, sculptures, and general design, are no longer of
any importance; for the faithful, while praying or meditating,
impregnated by the presence of God, has himself turned into a
Church. It is the absolute synergy, for the object of sacred art
is nothing in itself if not carrying the ultimate purpose of
serving Man to accede to God. And once served, to make itself
forgotten by Man who must devote himself to God. The exact will
of Saint Bernard de Clairveaux, as always.
work without any concessions imposes a discipline and a superior
moral order. The code of ethics of the artist, especially when it
comes to sacred art, must be flawless and without any faltering.
The only quest of God in the esthetic, heedless of compromise,
must constitute the Sacred Path of the painter. Its intimate,
most profound conviction must lead the way; for he carries this
unlimited responsibility. He is the one who knows and no one else.
The beauty of a work of art is defined, among other definitions,
by the spontaneity of its birth. And this beauty is either
confirmed or rendered nil by the passing by of years and
centuries. The fact of making a copy or a pseudo-creation taking
its inspiration from old themes suppresses all kind of
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