The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures

The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures


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The Quiet Eye: A Way of Looking at Pictures by Sylvia Judson

The Quiet Eye is a book of great charm, imbued with a love and understanding of art that speaks directly to the heart.

The thirty-three pictures selected by the American sculptress Sylvia Shaw Judson cover a wide spectrum of subjects and styles, from the seventh century to the modern day. They include works by artists ranging from Durer and Brueghel to Rousseau and Klee, pottery and sculpture from ancient Greece, Oriental scrolls and wall paintings, and are accompanied by quotations from Plato and Shakespeare to Wordsworth and Walt Whitman.

In making her choice, Sylvia Judson's intention was "to communicate a sense of affirmation, of wonder, of trust. This is a spirit alien to much of the art of our insecure time, but one which I am confident will some day return."

The Quiet Eye was first published as a large format art book in 1954, when it won immediate acclaim. The 1982 edition features a more convenient size and some color images that were originally published in black and white.

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ISBN-13: 9780895266385
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/1982
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 70
Sales rank: 561,498
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Shaw Judson was a Quaker and a sculptress of considerable note. Encouraged by her father, an architect, she trained at the Chicago Art Institute and under Bourdelle in Paris. Most of her sculpture was designed for particular locations, and is to be seen in parks, schools, churches, and hospitals throughout America. Two of her best known works are the monument to the Quaker Mary Dyer in front of the Boston State House, and The Little Gardener which was bought by Jacqueline Kennedy for the Rose Garden of the White House. A book of her sculpture, For Gardens and Other Places , was published in 1965. She died in 1978.

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When one enters this beautiful book from the cluttered streets of everyday life, one is fed by the artist's eye, the poet's voice, and the insight of the mystics. One has been in touch with the eternal verities and one leaves with a quiet heart.

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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
The combination of art and spirituality seems to be a very natural one, and yet many spiritual traditions throughout the ages have looked with suspicion at art. Quakers, Sylvia Judson’s own religious community, always prided themselves on exquisite simplicity of life and shunned all visually ostentations displays, which included almost all art. Judson wanted to change this attitude to some extent, and her book “The Quiet Eye” is an important and valuable example of this.  This book is a collection of many beautiful images of art throughout the centuries. Each image is accompanied with a quote, most of which have some important spiritual message to convey and are in some way related to the image they are associated with. Both the quotes and the images are beautiful and they stimulate the imagination. The stimulus is a subtle one, and the experience is mean to be inward and introspective. In this regard the book is very much in tune with the Quaker tradition.  This is a very beautiful small book that eschews trappings of cheap and trite spirituality. It could be used as a small traveling companion for all of our spiritual journeys.