Monday, 20 June 2011

'Our eyes should train our hearts': Alain de Botton on Christian Art

BBC News - A Point of View: Why are museums so uninspiring?

This short essay by Alain de Botton provides further food for thought with regard to my earlier blog on art.

'Look at that picture of Mary
if you want to remember what tenderness is like.'
Roger van der Weyden, Virgin and Child (after 1454)

'Look at that painting of the cross
if you want a quick lesson in courage.'
Roger van der Weyden, Crucifixion (c. 1445)
Kunthistorisches Museum, Vienna

'Look at that Last Supper and train yourself not to be a coward and a liar.'
Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper (restored) (1496-1498)

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