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The Lost Art of Sacred Art

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Sean Fitzpatrick, over at Catholic Exchange, has a nice overview “sacred art,” and why it is so vital for our spiritual health.

“the renewal of sacred art faces an uphill battle. The battle must, nevertheless, be faced and fought because when the supernatural is reduced to the saccharine and the simplistic, the supernatural is lost…What remains is meaningless.”

Read the article here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Depicting the Resurrected Christ in Art

 

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The state of the arts during the Protestant Reformation was, much like today, a mixed bag.

“The Church, seeing the increasingly audacious Catholic variants on Christ’s Resurrection, feared artists were taking the same kind of interpretive liberties as the Protestants. Ultimately, the question arose whether Catholics should sponsor art that seemed to be more a part of the problem than the solution.”

It took The Council of Trent to provide some much needed guidance to artists.

Elizabeth Lev continues her wonderful series exploring the art of the Catholic Counter-reformation.

“So, at the very moment the Protestant reformers were promising a more immediate, personal experience of Christ through Scripture, the Catholic church was drawing on that very Scripture to produce artwork that emphasized the intimate, transformative encounter of the faithful with the Risen Lord.”

Read the article at Aleteia here. (and along the way discover one the most successful female artists of the period.)

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

New Chicago art exhibit seeks to capture Catholic life in Middle Ages Europe

exh_saints_feature_1_360The Art Institute of Chicago has a new exhibit showcasing art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

“The first rooms are devoted to art for the Catholic Church, where objects worked together with space to make heavenly glory tangible.”

Read the story by Michael O’Loughlin at America Magazine. 

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Faith inspires artist to feature homeless in portraits of compassion

20170407t1227-578-cns-seattle-portraits-homeless-690x450via Ann Weaver over at CruxNow

“Larson listed the portrait prices as several hundred pairs of socks. They quickly sold and she has maintained this charitable bartering system for her work ever since.”

Read the story here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

When Art Saved the Catholic Faith

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How do you make contrition and penance look attractive? You turn to the artists for help.

“The Counter-Reformation urgently needed to re-awaken the need for penance and penitential practices among the faithful, but it needed to do so by lifting up rather than beating down. Art came to the rescue by proposing models of confession and contrition that would stimulate the faithful to emulate them.”

Elizabeth Lew continues her series of articles on the art of the counter reformation at Aletia.

Read the rest here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

New Mural by Aidan Hart Unveiled

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Secco is the method of painting on dry plaster, as opposed to fresco which is painted on wet plaster.

Aiden Hart has just completed a secco mural at the Lancaster University Catholic Chaplaincy.

Take a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Climacus Conference Talks Online

hgwpv2y5In 2015, the theme for the annual Climacus Conference in Louisville Ky, was “Truth, Beauty, Goodness, will save us.” All of the talks from the conference may be accessed online.

“From February 13th through the 14th, St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the 2015 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This year’s gathering was titled “Truth, Goodness, Beauty Will Save Us” and featured lectures on Sacral and Theological Aesthetics; Objective and Transcendent Beauty; Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant on Beauty; and Imaginative, Iconographic, Architectural, and Poetic Aesthetics.”

You can find the talks here on the Ancient Faith Ministries website.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

A New Symphony Orchestra Founded upon an Orthodox Christian Aesthetic

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I once met a gentleman who was a Hollywood “insider.” That is, he knew how things worked in the film industry. I took the opportunity to ask him a question I had pondered for many years.

“There is an obvious trend in the types of movies that people will spend money on. Generally, G-rated family fare, with solid stories that do not insult the intelligence of the parents always do well. Given that, why do we not see more of these types of movies?”

His response?

“Too many directors think they have a better idea about how movies should be made.”

So ego, pride, vanity, however you want to characterize it, prevents us from developing the beautiful, transcendent art that we deserve. This seems to hold true for all media.

Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, choral director of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity-St Bergius Lavra, sees this as one of the issue with modern classical music. He has created a new orchestra which will base its performances on traditional interpretations and grounded in the aesthetic of the liturgical forms of the Orthodox Church.

It has been said that all significant forms of art begin at the altar. Maestro Gorbik begins there because it is through the liturgy that we will have our most significant impact on the culture.

Andrew Gould at the Orthodox Arts Journal has an interview with the Maestro which can be read here.

For more specifics about Maestro Gorbik’s new orchestra and his partnerships with the Moscow Conservatory and PaTRAM, see this article by Seraphim Hanisch.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The Artist as Priest

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When does an artist take on the role of priest? When he makes the invisible, visible. The priest does this when celebrating the sacraments, but the artist can also fulfill this role by making visible the transcendent properties of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

According to John T. Spike, the assistant director and chief curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, that is what renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli strove to achieve.

Botticelli is most famous for his painting “The Birth of Venus.” But his work extended beyond mythological motifs to sacred art as well.

Spike has curated an extraordinary exhibit of the artist’s work opening at the Borton Museum of Fine art on April 18 and running through July 9, 2017.

Read more about the exhibit at Crux.

“the paintings reflect Botticelli’s “lifelong effort to make visible the invisible beauty of the Divine.”

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Interview with Catholic Author Fr. James Schall

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K.V. Turley continues his series of interviews with Catholic authors over at Catholic World Report, this time with Fr. James Schall.

“The writer’s vocation is to save his soul and that of others by what he writes. This involves, basically, seeking and telling the truth of things.”

Read the entire interview here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org