Michelangelo’s Last “Pieta”

By |2019-03-17T14:44:20-05:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Religion, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The Florentine Pieta was not commissioned. Instead, Michelangelo intended it for his own tomb. He worked on the sculpture in his spare time, late into the night with a candle fixed to his hat for light. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as he considers [...]

We All Need to Support the Catholic Arts

By |2019-03-02T15:48:17-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The great Catholic poet Gerard Manley Hopkins tells us that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” This is so wonderfully true that, if we have eyes opened in humility, we can see God’s grandeur shining forth in all that is truly beautiful in Creation. We see it in the multifarious shades [...]

The Myth of Modernism

By |2019-02-26T14:40:40-05:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Culture War, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Music, Senior Contributors, Tradition, Western Civilization|

“Should not the unswerving modernists… come to the realization that there is nothing more wearisome or more barren than the most antiquated of all manias: the rage to be modern?” Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) In my visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, I generally sidestep the East Building, the portion devoted to [...]

Nadia Boulanger and the Transcendent Meaning of Music

By |2018-12-05T16:15:11-05:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Art, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

“Music seems to exist in and of itself, like a temple built around your soul.” Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) The story of music in the twentieth century would have been very different without the inspirational force of Nadia Boulanger—conductor, pianist, organist, and teacher to some of the era’s greatest composers. She [...]

Tether to the Past: Willa Cather’s “Song of the Lark”

By |2018-11-15T23:33:46-05:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: American West, Art, Beauty, Books, Christine Norvell, Imagination|

Though land and setting seem rarely featured in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark, they do comprise an unusual role, one that grows towards the past instead of the future. Cather expresses a sentimentality and longing for the old ways because it somehow grounds her central character Thea Kronborg. For Thea, the desert town [...]

Images of America: The Art of William Sidney Mount

By |2018-11-14T23:15:26-05:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, History, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors|

Though William Sidney Mount’s name is rarely mentioned except among art experts, the images he created are timeless Americana—skillfully rendered scenes full of homely comforts and the joy of life... “How glorious it is to paint in the open fields, to hear the birds singing around you, to draw in the fresh air—how thankful it makes [...]

On the Imagination

By |2019-02-25T14:34:36-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, E.B., Eva Brann, Imagination, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, St. John's College, Wisdom|

The imagination invests the world with that richness and resonance which makes it an attractive dwelling for the intellect. But the imagination is indispensable to action as well. For the real world is worth our exertion only when the visionary imagination sets the scene for action... Tonight I shall commit the deliberate indiscretion of trying to say [...]

Standing Athwart History: Can We Stop the Decline of the West?

By |2018-11-26T09:27:11-05:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Art, Civilization, Culture, History, Michael De Sapio, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Michael De Sapio as he considers the reasons for the decline of the West. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher That Western culture is in an advanced state of decay is, I would guess, an article of faith for many readers of The [...]

Did Edward Hopper Hate the City?

By |2018-10-24T23:30:09-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Art, Nature|

Few artists have captured the essence of America’s industrial urbanism with the precision of Edward Hopper (1882-1967). His images depict an intricate landscape shaped by factories and railroads, and by the collision of traditional European forms with the novelty of American, electric-lit night. His human subjects manifest a pervasive sense of alienation among individuals of [...]

“Ballade of Modern Art”

By |2018-08-19T21:29:46-05:00August 19th, 2018|Categories: Art, Poetry|

It looks just like a pile of wood Dumped in the middle of the town; They say that it is very good, And might be worth ten thousand pounds— Especially in spacious grounds, Like those of Buffy Bagshott, Bart; They say that it will do the rounds; They say that it is Modern Art. [...]

Satan & the Art of Darkness

By |2018-08-11T18:12:24-05:00August 11th, 2018|Categories: Art, Culture, Evil, Joseph Pearce, Literature|

Is there a difference between evil art and evil in art? Or, to put the matter differently, is there a difference between the dark arts and the art of darkness? As soon as we begin to ponder the relationship between evil and the arts we find ourselves in the realm of paradox. If God [...]

Gnostic Bodies: Why Millennials Love Tattoos

By |2018-07-20T15:37:13-05:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Timeless Essays|

It is as if our tattooed millennials are trying to make themselves sacred creatures fallen to earth: beings who wear the secrets of the universe—known to the few—on their thighs, on their arms. They are gnostics trapped in narcissism… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mark [...]

Beauty and Modern Art

By |2019-04-04T13:06:56-05:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Nature, Truth|

As modern art has drifted away from traditional Beauty, it has also abandoned Truth and Goodness, rejecting God, religion, and nature in one fell swoop… “Guernica,” by Pablo Picasso (1937) To engage in dialogue about beauty and art is to navigate a tricky mire. Regardless of the exact point of contention, there [...]