Category Archives: Letter To Artists

Letter To Artists 9b-c: Post-Renaissance Art

As for our cultural life in the modern First World, we have deep roots in the Renaissance. John Paul II doesn’t seem to have a problem with humanism. Neither should we, as its impulse is essentially Christian. This extraordinary complex … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 9a: Humanism and the Renaissance

Pope John Paul II arrives at the artists of what it today Vatican City: 9. The favorable cultural climate that produced the extraordinary artistic flowering of Humanism and the Renaissance also had a significant impact on the way in which … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 8: The Middle Ages

One gets the clear idea of a deep appreciation in Pope John Paul II for both East and West. While the “two lungs” of Christianity became estranged, separate traditions arose in each. Icons became the main means of depicting the … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 7d: Iconoclasm Emerges

Going back to late antiquity and early medieval times, there were problems, John Paul II admits. Iconoclasm becomes a factor: Along this path there were troubled moments. Precisely on the issue of depicting the Christian mystery, there arose in the … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 7b-c: Architecture, Poetry, and Gregorian Chant

With great freedom, Christians offered to believers and to the world great examples of artistic expression. Christian architecture comes into a flowering in late antiquity, at least in the central cities: When the Edict of Constantine allowed Christians to declare … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 7a: The Origins of Christian Art

Numbered sections 7 through 9 give the readers a brief overview of art history in a Christian context. This is more of a professor talking and a philosopher reflecting than  an artist. But after all, John Paul II was all … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 6d-e: The Beauty of Christ

So often Christ is depicted with brutal reality, the scarred and humiliated servant of God. (Isaiah 53:2-3) The East has something valuable to teach us westerners: A corresponding approach is found in Eastern spirituality where Christ is described as “the … Continue reading

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