Art From The Sacred To The Profane: East

Art From The Sacred To The Profane: East

by Frithjof Schuon, Catherine Schuon

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This edition of renowned philosopher Frithjof Schuon’s writings on the subject of art, selected and edited by his wife Catherine Schuon, contains over 270 photographs-200 color and 70 black and white. Keith Critchlow writes, “This beautiful book … has the broadest coverage of any of the books on art that this writer has seen in forty years of teaching art and architecture.” Frithjof Schuon, the foremost representative of the traditionalist school of thought, presents the universal principles and criteria with which to discern sacred from profane art, and traditional from merely “religious” art. He then deals with the spiritual significance of the artistic productions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Far-Eastern world. Also covered are the subjects of beauty and the sense of the sacred, the crafts, poetry, music, dance, dress, and ambience.

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ISBN-13: 9781935493853
Publisher: World Wisdom
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is the foremost representative of the “perennialist” or “traditionalist” school of comparative religious thought, well-known for its espousal of the “transcendent unity of religions.” Schuon is the author of over thirty books on metaphysics, comparative religion, art, philosophy, poetry, and spirituality.

Catherine Schuon’s interest in world religions and spirituality brought her into contact with Frithjof Schuon, the famous writer, whom she married in May 1949. She accompanied her husband on all of his travels and helped him to receive visits and answer correspondence from spiritual seekers who came to seek her husband’s counsel. Her work with her husband brought her into contact with people from diverse religions and from throughout the world. Gifted in languages, she also became fluent in English and conversant in Italian, in addition to the three languages of her youth: German, French and Spanish.

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     xiii
Principles and Criteria of Art     1
On Beauty and the Sense of the Sacred     19
Man and Art     27
Sacred Art     33
Naturalistic Art     43
Christian Art     55
Islamic Art     69
Hindu Art     79
Buddhist Art     91
Far-Eastern Art     99
Poetry, Music, and Dance     107
The Art of Dress and Ambience     119
List of Illustrations     136
Sources     139
Biographical Notes     139
Index     141

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