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)

Symposium on the Catholic Artist Today coming up October 27

Defining the Role of the Catholic Artist Today

The Carl Schmitt Foundation and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, are pleased to bring together some of today’s leading Catholic artists to explore what is means to be a Catholic artist in today’s society.  The life and legacy of Carl Schmitt, along with the insights of our panelists, will help us see what the lived-out vocation of an artist really looks like.  This is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the craft of professional artists, each of whom will be bringing an original work they have created to explain their creative process.

The event will take place on October 27, 2018, from 7-10 pm at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Sterling, Virginia (map); it is free and open to the public.  Click here to register and for more information.

Come early to view the retrospective exhibit Carl Schmitt: A Portrait before it goes on view at the Arts Club of Washington next month.

Can’t make it?  The event will be streamed live at carlschmitt.org/live.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts / Department of Economic & Community Development.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Ultimate slavery

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Gertrude Feeding Gertrude, September 1932, pen and ink on paper
The artist’s wife Gertrude nursing their one-month-old daughter of the same name, the youngest of their ten children and the only girl.

“No man can be happy who makes security his end in life.  That spells ultimate slavery, because freedom of will is not to those imaginations which are bounded by economics.”  (1946)

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