Timeless Beauty: In the Arts and Everyday Life

Overview

In this book, John Lane calls us to awaken to the possibilities of a culture that recognizes the importance of beauty, and to acknowledge that we are only fully human in contact with the beautiful. Once, people were instinctively tuned to the beautiful. In those distant days before the advent of the motor car and the washing machine, the electric toothbrush and the wheel, craftsmen and musicians, masons and poets, painters and dancers simply did not know how to make an ugly thing; they could not close their ...

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Overview

In this book, John Lane calls us to awaken to the possibilities of a culture that recognizes the importance of beauty, and to acknowledge that we are only fully human in contact with the beautiful. Once, people were instinctively tuned to the beautiful. In those distant days before the advent of the motor car and the washing machine, the electric toothbrush and the wheel, craftsmen and musicians, masons and poets, painters and dancers simply did not know how to make an ugly thing; they could not close their hearts to the light of heaven. For countless numbers of them, beauty was as necessary as the air they breathed. It gave dignity and meaning to drab and impoverished lives, and inspired great (but often brutal) civilizations in which people lived creative and useful lives. Beauty is the nourishment of the soul. It is something that gives us dignity as a species, and this lovely volume celebrates it.

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“I see this courageous book as a sign marking the beginning of the end of the tide of materialism that has prevailed for the last century. It meets a deep and as yet scarcely recognized need. . . . We disregard and undervalue the beautiful at our peril.”  —Kathleen Raine, founding member, Temenos Academy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903998335
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lane is a painter, writer, and educator. He is a former chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding director of the Beaford Arts Centre, and was instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College. His previous books include The Art of Ageing, The Living Tree: Art and the Sacred, The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity, and Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society.

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Table of Contents

1. The consolations of beauty
2. Some origins of beauty
3. Varieties of aesthetic experience
4. The everlasting stream
5. The birth of ugliness
6. Signposts on the road to beauty
7. 'The world will be saved by beauty'

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