Beyond the Oscars: Religion and Visual Art
It's Oscar season, and the social scene is focused on the accomplishments of screenwriters, directors, actors, and cinematographers. There are, however, multiple visual media by which viewers are lured into new visions, some quite ancient and others very new—paintings and icons, sculpture and bronzes and tapestries; video games, photography, performance art, theater.
Every religious tradition has had occasion to proselytize, inspire, and educate through art. What are the theologies behind artistic representations? In what ways does art persuade, proselytize, or reveal truth? What medium is most conducive to a particular religious tradition and why?
Matt Clark's Amphibians, Minotaurs, and other Christian Art
The Responsibility of the Artist
Rembrandt and the Courage to See: A Meditation on His Self-Portrait, 1659
Art as Liberation from Captivity
All Beauty as God's Beauty: Outside Symbolism in Scripture Illumination
To Put the Pieces Together
Beauty in Muslim and Christian Art: Drawing Us Into God's Goodness
A Tapestry of Metaphor: Art and the Pagan Spirit
Opposed to the "Humanism of the Renaissance," but Loved the Art!
Art, Magic, and Pagan Theology
Experiencing Art: Beyond the Symbol