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Posted May 28, 2010
This small hardback book is a gem. It is an essay by Sister Wendy, complete with illustrations of fourteen beautiful works.
Sister Wendy discusses the difference between religious and spiritual paintings, and as she does, we do not merely receive an art history lesson through a learned, intuitive, and joyful approach. The essay also provides the chance to contemplate this distinction between spirituality and religion. As Sister Wendy unfolds her thoughts-inspecting several pieces from artists like Cezanne and Millet and giving unique attention to El Greco's Christ on the Cross-we see the richness (and weakness) inherent in both, and the glorious masterpieces made when the authenticity of spirituality and the craftsmanship of a master come together. Might we live our own lives as such masterpieces?
This is a book to savor for yourself and to give to others.