Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) was a French Baroque painter best known for painting religious and genre scenes. Influenced by the work of Caravaggio, La Tour relied on the stark contrasts of light and dark (chiaroscuro). Unlike Caravaggio, who usually placed his source of light outside of the frame, La Tour placed it within, frequently … Continue reading Art Explained: The Repentant Magdalene
The painting below, Charles Lutyen's Crucifixion, is one of the more jarring depictions of the death of Christ. The fear, pain, and utter bewilderment are powerfully etched on the faces of the mourners at Christ's feet. Not only are they witnessing the death of who they thought was their Messiah, but they are witnessing the death of … Continue reading Art Explained: Crucifixion
Does Art still matter today? In the vast tubes of the internet, I stumbled across this incredibly thought-provoking long-form essay, "Enter the Supersensorium: The Neuroscientific Case for Art in the Age of Netflix" by neuroscientist Erik Hoel. It is just over 7,000 words (about a 45-minute read), and wades into some dense neuroscientific jungles (gamma-aminobutyric … Continue reading Entertaining Ourselves to Death: The Supersensorium
Art, beauty, aesthetics--these do not provide much for us in the way of utility and functionality, at least if we are thinking of those terms in their strictest of definitions. And yet, God seems to have filled our world with an abundance of beauty. We are naturally drawn to create art, to order our world … Continue reading What’s the Point of Beauty?
Art...is a wonderful gift from God. Just as the Lord Himself is not truth and holiness alone but also glory, and one who spreads the beauty of His name abroad over all His works, so it is He, too, who by His Spirit equips the artists with wisdom and understanding and knowledge in all manner … Continue reading Bavinck on the Gift of Art