The Figure of Christ : Rudolf Steiner and the Spiritual Intention Behind the Goetheanum's Central Work of Art

The Figure of Christ : Rudolf Steiner and the Spiritual Intention Behind the Goetheanum's Central Work of Art

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The Figure of Christ : Rudolf Steiner and the Spiritual Intention Behind the Goetheanum's Central Work of Art by Peter Selg

Rudolf Steiner referred to The Representative of Humanity—the wooden "group" sculpture of the figure of Christ surrounded by adversary spiritual beings—as the center of the first Goetheanum. Steiner even told the architect of the second Goetheanum that the sculpture he made with Edith Maryon should occupy the same central position it did in the first building.

What was Steiner's essential purpose for the sculptural group within the mystery building he conceived, and why did he regard it as the "crown" of the building? What were his intentions—specifically, what were the spiritual aims behind Steiner's remarkable depiction of Christ?

Steiner described the core purpose of Anthroposophy to be a preparation for Christ's etheric reappearance. The Christ he sculpted was not the possession of a specific community with a religious worldview, but a being active in all of humanity and, thus, "a figure of the future."

In this focused and powerful short book, Peter Selg engages with these highly contemporary issues, providing thoughtful insights and answers that point to mysteries of the future and humanity's development and the transformation of evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906999018
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Pr
Publication date: 05/31/2009
Pages: 71
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthro-posophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, including Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing; The Thera-peutic Eye; A Grand Metamorphosis; and The Figure of Christ. He is mar-ried with four children.

Table of Contents

Illustration Credits viii

Preface 1

1 The Figure of Christ in Spiritual Science: The anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone in Dornach, 20 September 1914 9

2 'There Will Be Enormous Opposition': Work on the Christ sculpture and the power of evil 23

3 'Christ Will Stand Beside the Human Being': Rudolf Steiner and the era of Christ's etheric reappearance 35

Appendix: Work on the Group, by Assya Turgeniev 53

Notes 60

Bibliography of Works by Rudolf Steiner 70

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