Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Contemporary Art & Beauty

"Admit it - you really hate modern art": This is the title of an article recently published by The Asian Times. So much of Contemporary Art seems devoid of beauty, often influenced by the intellectual rejection of beauty as an idea.

The Orthodox Christian life is the way of beauty. Our sacred art (iconography), a reflection of divine Beauty, is central to our whole way of life. The icons are beautiful, yet reveal a beauty beyond themselves. Beauty is more than an idea. It is a Mystery.

For one to truly know the beauty of Orthodox art, the person must experience it within the spiritual life of the Orthodox Church. To get an idea what Orthodox art is not, one may begin by reading The Asian Times article.