Wisdom on Wednesdays—Science, art, and religion

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Interior of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Korčula, Dalmatia, pastel on paper, June 16, 1926
One of many works drawn during or inspired by the artist’s brief visit to Dalmatia.

“Science is only concerned with the truth of present expediently.
“Art extends that truth back in time into permanent beauty materially.
“Religion projects that truth forward in time into eternal goodness spiritually.”  (1961)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The art of shepherds and kings

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Nativity, woodblock print, c. 1920.

“Christian art is primarily the art of the peasant and the prince—unselfconsciously in a stable; shepherds and kings once made simple loving gifts and regal wise sacrifices.” (1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The lyric mood must be kept at all costs

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Untitled, 15 x 18 in.
An early painting executed with a palette knife.

“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life. The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art cannot flourish.”  (December 1924)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Science, art, and religion

Coronation of the Virgin, oil on canvas, c. 1924, 42 x 35 in.

“Science is only concerned with the truth of present expediently.
“Art extends that truth back in time into permanent beauty materially.
“Religion projects that truth forward in time into eternal goodness spiritually.”  (1961)