Wisdom on Wednesdays—Keeping our heritage of the Fine Arts alive


Self-portrait, c. 1965, oil on hardboard, 18 x 15 in.

“While many of the boys I went to art school with have become famous, I have turned my back upon the popular styles in an honest attempt to do something toward keeping our heritage of the Fine Arts alive.”  (1959)


Listen to “The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt” on SoundCloud

If you missed my talk on Carl Schmitt last month in New York, the audio is now available below and at SoundCloud.  It’s part of “Art of the the Beautiful” lecture series hosted by the Catholic Artists Society.

The talk explores Schmitt’s vision connecting the Catholic tradition to the seven fine arts and to the life of the artist himself.  As a young man, Schmitt saw what he had to do to realize this vision: a struggle for what he called the mystical virtues of purity, poverty, and humility, corresponding to the lyric, epic, and dramatic stages of his artistic development.  The fruit of this journey was a clear vision of things seen in the masterworks of his maturity.

You can follow the close discussion of some of Schmitt finest works by downloading the images here.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Saintship


Immanent Trinity Decoration, 1924, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
The Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pennsylvania

“Saintship lays pride (or protest) at the feet of the crucified Christ.  Its aim is “defeat,” martyrdom.  For martyrdom is the joyous acceptance of death in any manner, even painlessly, as the Good Gift of God.”  (c. 1930)

CSF Creative Director Andrew de Sa discusses Carl Schmitt in two new podcasts

CSF Creative Director Andrew de Sa sketches in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Our new Creative Director Andrew de Sa talks about Carl Schmitt and the upcoming Symposium on October 27 in interviews with CatholicCulture.org and the Arlington Catholic Herald.

The Symposium, hosted by the Carl Schmitt Foundation and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will bring together leading artists and intellectuals to talk about the role and vocation of the Catholic artist today.  It will draw on the insights of Carl Schmitt to help “demystify the creative process.”

For more information and to register for the Symposium, click here.

Defining the Role of the Catholic Artist Today

Wisdom on Wednesdays—An overwhelming desire for security and comfort

Gertrude Knitting, c. 1970, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.

“Civilizations, like persons, exhibit the same symptoms in senility: an overwhelming desire for security and comfort with a minimum of manual effort; and will submit to indignities for their sake.”  (1954)