Wisdom on Wednesdays—The art of religions

“In comparatively aesthetic sterile periods, like that of today, when the science rather than art of religions flourishes, critics are tempted to see no connection between religion and beauty, mistaking as they do, the external shell, which today is prosperous generally, for religion in its fullness.”
—from the essay “The Value of the Fine Arts” (March 1943)

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, view of the apse under construction, c. 1908. Pencil and chalk on paper.
Schmitt passed by this view on his way to art school from his apartment at 400 Manhattan Avenue to the 110th street subway.

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