Wisdom on Wednesdays—Poets, pagans, and magicians


Nativity, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“Those who believe in magic, the poets and the pagans, should be tenderly handled by the theologian.  The magician, as with the shepherd, is the first worshiper of Christ, and Christ without magic is unthinkable: the burning bush, the speaking stones, the possessed pigs, the fermented water, and so on, culminating in the bread which is the flesh of God and the bleeding grape from the vine of the murdered Christ.”   —from the essay “Miracles”  (1943)


New book, Silvermine, now available at 40% off


The new book Silvermine by CSF director Samuel Schmitt is now available at 40% off today only —Monday December 12, 2016.  Order yours now in time for Christmas.


Carl Schmitt’s wife Gertrude and his brother Robert enjoy the view from the back of Robert’s house in Silvermine in this photograph from the 1920s. The images shows just how open Silvermine – now covered almost entirely with dense woods – was at that time. One resident has written, “From the church spires of New Canaan to the west one could see all the way to the silver ribbon of the Sound and the misty outline of Long Island to the south.” (photograph from the Carl Schmitt Foundation archives on page 16 of Silvermine.)

Through dozens of vintage photographs the new book tells the fascinating history of Silvermine—the hamlet Carl Schmitt called home for 70 years—and its rich social, artistic, and cultural life during the heyday of the artists’ colony in the first half of the last century.


Order from Arcadia Publishing today only—December 12, 2016—to purchase your copy at this special discount. And don’t forget that your purchase supports the Carl Schmitt Foundation.


Wisdom on Wednesdays—The desire of the wildest imagination

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Annunciation, 1921, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.

“Today we are prone to forget that Christ combines the Aesthetic, the Expedient, and the Religious Life.  We forget that He came not only because man needed hope for eternal beatitude but that he was also the historic concrete answer to the desire of the wildest imagination: the appearance on earth of a God-man.  History united to myth.”  (1960)

Take a look inside the new book Silvermine at Amazon



Through dozens of historic photographs the new book Silvermine tells the story of the bucolic hamlet Carl Schmitt called home for over 70 years.  CSF director Samuel Schmitt recounts how the picturesque valley, once buzzing with sawmills, was transformed into a cultural hub with the coming of the artists, including Carl Schmitt, who formed the Silvermine Guild in 1922. It’s part of the well-known “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing. See a preview and order here from Amazon.com. Your purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt Foundation.


Unique gifts for Christmas from the CSF

This year the CSF is offering a number of unique gifts for Christmas: Carl Schmitt greeting cards, two books on Carl Schmitt’s art and thought, The Conscience of Beauty and The Vision of Beauty (at a special price), and high-quality prints of selected paintings.

Carl Schmitt cards make a wonderful present for anyone on your list. They also make great thank-you cards.CSF21101_card




The new book of Carl Schmitt’s essays, The Conscience of Beauty, is now available through Amazon.com. If you have enjoyed our weekly Wisdom on Wednesdays, you’ll find this new collection a richly rewarding experience.


In these short essays Schmitt has gathered and distilled the fruits of his contemplation over a long lifetime, revealing a man whose words on paper are as remarkable as his work on canvas. The artist offers a fresh perspective on such topics as art, culture, personality, mythology, and history, all informed by the far-reaching perspective introduced in The Vision of Beauty. Along the way he touches on more immediate concerns of the media, respectability, large families, and fatherhood with his unerring sense of irony and wry humor.



You can see a preview of the book (including a complete table of contents) here.

The CSF is offering its stunning coffee-table book Carl Schmitt: Vision of Beauty at 25% off the regular price. Shipping and handling are free for this special offer. Each book that you purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt Foundation. See a preview of selected pages here.

Order your copies now in time for Christmas!

Click Here to Purchase The Vision of Beauty

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In addition, the CSF is pleased to offer museum-quality reproductions of works by Carl Schmitt in partnership with RequestAPrint, a leading producer of art prints to museums across the country.

RequestAPrint uses state-of-the-art ultra-giclee printers on semi-gloss heavyweight paper or medium weight fine art canvas. The prints are available in any size and in variety of frame styles. Here is just a sample of the paintings offered:



Click here to go to the RequestAPrint gallery and order your prints. Your purchase will benefit the Carl Schmitt Foundation.

Finally, don’t forget your own Christmas cards if you haven’t ordered them yet! (They make great thank-you cards, too.)

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