Wisdom on Wednesdays—The old Christian idea of sin

Second Night border

The Second Night, 1929, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
From a contemporary black and white photograph; present location unknown.
For Carl Schmitt’s own “explanation” of this painting, see the article “The Artist Explains His Work,” from February 2015 issue of the CSF e-newsletter Vision.

“Today in America the old Christian idea of sin is fast disappearing.  There remains (and is encouraged) a vast sense of social guilt. The only sin is treason to society (the state).”  (1961)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—Who is to admonish the state?

“In the days of the monarchy a saint could and did reproach, accuse, or condemn a prince.  In our day the saint and the admonishment are both unthinkable.

“Who is to admonish the state?” (1961)

St Isaac Jogues - etching - CROPPED

St. Isaac Jogues, c. 1930, drypoint etching, 7⅝ x 5¾ in.