§ 149 § Worthy art is an essential, integral element in the sacred beauty of a church building. Through skilled use of proportion, shape, color, and design, art unifies and helps to integrate the place of worship with the actions of worship. Artistic creations in the place of worship inspire contemplation and devotion. Sculpture, furnishings, art-glass, vesture, paintings, bells, organs, and other musical instruments as well as windows, doors, and every visible and tactile detail of architecture possess the potential to express the wholeness, harmony, and radiance of profound beauty.
True enough. I think every architectural aspect in a church could express something of God. In some churches, this may be true. But is it a good idea? I mean that as an open question.
Is a rich and dense artistic presentation in a church the best thing to invite contemplation? At what point does the “density” of, say, rococo, become a hindrance to open and “uninterpreted” space. Is it possible for contemplation to be squeezed out by the sheer quantity of artistic offerings?
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