Zeszyty czasopisma

Tom 20 (2022): Zeszyt 5 (December 2022)
Doctoral Supplement. Postgraduate Research in Contemporary Evangelical Higher Education: Academic Perspectives on Variegated Theological and Historical Topics. Zeszyt Editor: Marcel V. Măcelaru

Tom 20 (2022): Zeszyt 4 (December 2022)
Miscellaneous Theological Investigations. From Economy, Literature, and Hermeneutics to Christology, Exegesis, and Typology. Zeszyt Editor: Corneliu C. Simuț

Tom 20 (2022): Zeszyt 3 (July 2022)
A Multi-Angle Examination of C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces. Theological, Philosophical, Ethical, and Literary Insights from one of Lewis's Greatest Novels. Zeszyt Editor: Zachary Breitenbach

Tom 20 (2022): Zeszyt 2 (June 2022)
Reform according to Right Law: the Use of Legal Tradition in Reformation Theology. Zeszyt Editor: André A. Gazal

Tom 20 (2022): Zeszyt 1 (March 2022)
Confessing the Trinity. The Trinitarianism of Particular Baptists, 1640s-1840s. Zeszyt Editor: Michael A. G. Haykin

Tom 19 (2021): Zeszyt 4 (December 2021)
Miscellaneous Theological Studies: Biblical, Apologetic, Historical, Patristic, Theodicean, and Systematic. Zeszyt Editor: Corneliu C. Simuţ

Tom 19 (2021): Zeszyt 3 (July 2021)
Islam and Islamism. The Challenge for Modern Liberal Democracies. Zeszyt Editors: Raphael Lataster, Rumy Hasan

Tom 19 (2021): Zeszyt 2 (June 2021)
Fundamental Aspects of Christological Anthropology: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives in Contemporary Debates. Editor: Christopher G. Woznicki

Tom 19 (2021): Zeszyt 1 (March 2021)
Revivalism in Central European Protestantism, 1840-1940: Hungarian Calvinists, British Evangelicals & German-Austrian Pietists during the Spiritual Renewal of Protestant Churches in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Editor: Ábraham Kovács

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 6 (December 2020)
The Catholic Reformation. Ecclesiology, Justification, Freedom, Sin, Grace & the Council of Trent. Editor: Eduardo J. Echeverria

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 5 (October 2020)
Roman Catholic, Reformed Catholic and Evangelical Protestant. Reformation Zeszyts Five Hundred Years Later. Editor: Zeszyt editor: Joshua R. Farris

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 4 (August 2020)
Zeszyt 4 (Aug 2020): From Paris to Tortosa, via Barcelona (1240-1413), Characters, Zeszyts and Problems in Medieval Jewish-Christian Disputations. Editor: Francesco Bianchi

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 3 (July 2020)
In the Footsteps of the Divine Artist. On the Religious and Spiritual Dimension in Art. Editors: Wessel Stoker and Frank G. Bosman

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 2 (June 2020)
De Corpore – ‘On the Body’ through the History of Idea, Views of the Body in Philosophy, Literature and Religion. Editor: Ramona Simuț

Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 1 (March 2020)
Baptist and Reformed Theologies of Vision and Deification (2). Constructive Zeszyts in Contemporary Research. Editors: Joshua R. Farris and Ryan A. Brandt

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt 4 (December 2019)
Patristic Thought in Byzantine and Protestant Theology. From Gregory Palamas and George Pachymeres to Luther, Calvin, Anglicans, and Anabaptists. Editor: Andre A. Gazal

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt 3 (July 2019)
Contemporary Evangelicals on Carl F. H. Henry’s Theology. From Philosophy, Evangelism, and Apologetics to Education, History, and Practice. Editor: Robert W. Talley

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt 2 (June 2019)
Baptist and Reformed Theologies of Vision and Deification. Editors: Joshua R. Farris and Ryan A. Brandt

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt s2 (July 2019)
Single Author Supplement 2: The Background and Nature of the Dissensions in 1 Corinthians 1-4. Apollos' Role and Paul's Response. Author: Corin Mihăilă

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt 1 (March 2019)
The Father, Son, and Spirit in Early Christian Theology, Second Century Examples. Editor: Paul A. Hartog

Tom 17 (2019): Zeszyt s1 (January 2019)
Single Author Supplement 1: Theological Patterns in Reformation Thought. English, American, and Scottish Protestants on Christ, Revival, and the Covenant. Author: Dinu Moga

Tom 16 (2018): Zeszyt 4 (December 2018)
Tome huitième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Contemporary Perspectives on History and Theology in British Baptist Thought. Scottish and English Baptists on Salvation, Politics, and the End of Times. Zeszyt editor: Alasdair Black

Tom 16 (2018): Zeszyt 3 (July 2018)
Tome septieme: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Teaching Leaders, Leading Teachers. Biblical and Historical Perspectives on Education and Leadership: Jeffrey M. Horner Zeszyt editor: Jeffrey M. Horner

Tom 16 (2018): Zeszyt 2 (June 2018)
Tome sixième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Contemporary Perspectives on Molinism. Theories, Responses to Objections, and Applications, Zeszyt editor: Kirk R. MacGregor

Tom 16 (2018): Zeszyt 1 (April 2018)
Tome cinquième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Insights into Contemporary Baptist Thought. Perspectives on European Baptist Theology and History, Zeszyt editor: Toivo Pilli

Tom 15 (2017): Zeszyt 4 (December 2017)
Special Zeszyt: Tome quatrieme: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Investigating the Magisterial Reformation and Its Radical Contenders. Contemporary Evangelicals on Reformation Research: from Lutheranism and Zwinglianism to Anabaptism and Baptism, Zeszyt Editor: Marvin Jones

Tom 15 (2017): Zeszyt 3 (October 2017)
Special Zeszyt: Tome troisième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Theologizing about Spirituality, Pedagogy, and Soteriology. Miscellanea Antiqua, Medievalia, Reformatorica & Moderna by Corneliu Simuț

Tom 15 (2017): Zeszyt 2 (July 2017)
Special Zeszyt: : Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. ‘On the Soul’ through the History of Ideas. Views of the Soul in Philosophy, Literature & Relivion by Ramona Simuț

Tom 15 (2017): Zeszyt 1 (May 2017)
Zeszyt title: Tome premier: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation: 1517-2017. Anthologizing History, the Bible, and Theology. Miscellanea Celtica, Humanistica & Reformatorica by Thomas O’Loughlin and Corneliu C. Simuț

Tom 14 (2016): Zeszyt 3 (December 2016)
Avant-Premiere: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Contemporary Perspectives on Reformed Orthodoxy. Reformed Confessions, Scholastic Thought, and Puritan Divinity in Post-Reformation Protestantism, Zeszyt Editors: Gijsbert van den Brink, Aza Goudriaan

Tom 14 (2016): Zeszyt 2 (October 2016)
Transformative Poetry and Its Role in Catholic Theology. Dutch Contributions to Contemporary Catholic Research. Zeszyt Editors: Archibald L. H. M. van Wieringen, Marcel Sarot. Translator: Brian Heffernan

Tom 14 (2016): Zeszyt 1 (June 2016)
African Hermeneutics in the Twenty-First Century. Social History and Indigenous Theologies in Contemporary African Research. Zeszyt Editor: Zorodzai Dube

Tom 13 (2015): Zeszyt 2 (October 2015)
Zeszyt title: The Long History of Lutheranism in Scandinavia. Contemporary Voices in Finnish Historical Research. Zeszyt Editor: Pirjo Markkola

Tom 13 (2015): Zeszyt 1 (June 2015)
Zeszyt Title: The Value of Controversy. Defining Early Modern Religion through Ritual and Writing. Zeszyt Editor: Angela Ranson

Tom 12 (2014): Zeszyt 2 (October 2014)
Special issue title: Exploring the Contours of Patristic Thought. Studies on Exegesis, Christology, and Soteriology in the Early Church

Tom 12 (2014): Zeszyt 1 (June 2014)
Established and Emerging Voices in Richard Hooker Research, Zeszyt Editor: Paul A. Dominiak

Tom 11 (2013): Zeszyt 2 (December 2013)

Tom 11 (2013): Zeszyt 1 (June 2013)

Tom 10 (2012): Zeszyt 2 (June 2012)

Tom 10 (2012): Zeszyt 1 (January 2012)

Informacje o czasopiśmie
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Czasopismo
eISSN
2284-7308
Pierwsze wydanie
20 Sep 2012
Częstotliwość wydawania
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Języki
Angielski

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Tom 18 (2020): Zeszyt 3 (July 2020)
In the Footsteps of the Divine Artist. On the Religious and Spiritual Dimension in Art. Editors: Wessel Stoker and Frank G. Bosman

Informacje o czasopiśmie
Format
Czasopismo
eISSN
2284-7308
Pierwsze wydanie
20 Sep 2012
Częstotliwość wydawania
3 razy w roku
Języki
Angielski

Wyszukiwanie

6 Artykułów
Otwarty dostęp

When Art is Religion and Vice Versa. Six Perspectives on the Relationship between Art and Religion

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 3 - 20

Abstrakt

Abstract

In the discussion of religion and art, it is quite difficult to exactly define what makes art ‘religious’. In this article, the author suggest six different perspectives in which a work of art—any work of art—could be interpreted as ‘religious’, as an embodiment of the complex relationship between art and religion. These perspectives are not mutually exclusive: one and the same art work could be approached on multiple levels at once. Nor do they disqualify other methodologies of studying art and religion. These perspectives provide conceptual windows to understand what people (could) mean when they discuss religious art. The six perspectives are: (1) material, (2) contextual, (3) referential, (4) reflexive, (5) ritual, and (6) existential. They vary from the more or less objective to the more subjective, and as such from artist-intended to viewer/listener-perceived (with or without help of clues provided by the artist and/or the object itself). The author illustrates who these different perspectives can vary in defining certain pieces of art as religious by using three very different case studies: the Isenheimer Altarpiece, one of Hugo Ball’s famous sound poems, and the digital game Child of Light.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Art
  • religion
  • isenheimer altar
  • hugo ball
  • child of light
Otwarty dostęp

Art and Spirituality. Explored on the Levels of Experience, Meaning and Research

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 21 - 32

Abstrakt

Abstract

The area where literature, art, music, religion, spirituality, and philosophy split off from, run parallel to each other, and merge again is like a delta. This essay explores the complex interrelations between art and spirituality on three levels. First on the level of spiritual experience, exemplified by experiences of the art of still life (the painter Morandi, the poet Kopland). On the second level, several questions about meaning are analyzed, beginning with the question of meaning posed by the work of art itself. Both art and spirituality presuppose an open and receptive attitude. In philosophical reflections on the meaning of art, some aim primarily at its relevance for our insight into the reality of things, people, and animals, while others are more concerned with its significance for human action. Thirdly, some problems on the level of research are discussed. Research invites us to come to a critical relativization of what we have seen, heard, or read and also allows us to see that the often presupposed ‘immediacy’ of our experience is in fact mediated by pre-given schemes and habits. Three reasons are given to answer the question why it is meaningful to research these mediations and to search for the authentic meanings of art works (in particular works of literature) themselves.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Spirituality
  • art and literature
  • experience
  • meaning
  • research
Otwarty dostęp

Art and Religion as Invitation. An Exploration Based on John Dewey’s Theory of Experience and Imagination

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 33 - 45

Abstrakt

Abstract

In this essay, the relation between art and religion is explored using the concepts experience and imagination as understood by the American philosopher John Dewey. In Dewey’s view, experience involves both the experiencer and the experienced: it is a phenomenon of the in-between. When we are really touched by what we meet in interacting with our physical and social surroundings, experience acquires an aesthetic quality that opens us to the value and the potential of what we perceive. We can see the factual in light of the possible, thus enriching it with new layers of meaning. We experience this as resonance between us and the world. It is the work of the imagination. Due to their imaginative capacity, humans can aspire to a ‘good life’. This aspiration is discussed in terms of invitation and response. Can we experience ourselves as being invited to respond to this unruly world with attachment and care? Here art and religion come into play. Art is understood as the domain of the possible: it explores the world behind or beyond what we usually accept as fact. An aesthetic experience acquires religious quality when it evokes in us an ideal that guides our sense of self and world, stimulating us to realize our ideals in daily actions. If inspired by imagination, art and religion may evoke intense experiences of resonance and invite us to new ways of connecting and transformative action. This is explored with the help of a hermeneutical circle, a ‘cycle of imagination’.

Słowa kluczowe

  • experience
  • imagination
  • resonance
  • invitation
  • response
Otwarty dostęp

Holy Crisis. On the Problem that Espouses Modern Art to Modern Spirituality

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 47 - 61

Abstrakt

Abstract

Visual art owes its modernity from the crisis it fell into in the midst of the nineteenth century. Courbet’s call for realism questioned the foundation of the art of his time. The incapacity of the series of ‘-isms’ that followed to answer Courbet’s call, pointed to a crisis not only in art, but in the then emerging non-artistic visual culture in general. In fact, Courbet’s call questioned the image paradigm that was in force since the Renaissance: the one of ‘representation’. The crisis of art laid bare the crisis of the representation paradigm. Modern art’s complex relation to religion and spirituality must be understood in the context of this paradigm crisis. Although generally anti-religious, modern art often keeps on being fascinated by religion, spirituality, and mysticism. The ‘religious’, the ‘holy’, the ‘sanctity’ modern art is inclined to, is linked to the crisis it originates from. Does this reference to the religious and the spiritual, then, constitute the answer to that crisis? I defend the thesis that it rather affirms this very crisis. If there is something ‘holy’ in art, it is not the answer to which it makes people long, but it is art’s inherent crisis itself. If art has a ‘holy’ mission, it is to keep that crisis on the agenda of modernity.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Modern art
  • spirituality
  • realism
  • modernity
  • crisis
Otwarty dostęp

Hearing Religious Music. The Subject-Object Relationship of the Listener and the Piece of Music in a Consumption Era

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 63 - 75

Abstrakt

Abstract

In a concert hall, the attitude of the audience focusses on the formalistic aspects of music. In religious rituals, music is a means of leading the hearer to a spiritual experience. What happens when music, meant originally for a liturgical purpose, is played in a concert setting? Gadamer shows, with his conception of Verwandlung ins Gebilde, that an art work is never static, but carries a depth in itself, which is connected to an artistic ingenuity throughout centuries. In this ‘depth’ lies the connection to the listener, which is broader than a mere aesthetical one. On the other hand, music in itself has a strong ‘theatrical’ side, which can easily surpass its contemplative aspect in consumer culture. It appears that this aspect, in combination with the formalistic-aesthetic approach of modern museum culture, of which concert culture is a part, made the hearer become almost ‘deaf ’ to the religious content; because a concert practice focusses primarily on entertaining the hearer, s/he is not able to engage in the music as a source of spiritual edification of the soul. Nevertheless, Gadamer’s conception of play makes us be aware that there will always be new, unexpected ways in which the truth comes into being in the interaction of a piece of music and its hearer. In order to create such a reality, it is necessary to turn to new and renewing hearing practices, where the play between music and the hearer has a wider range of musical experience than the mere formalistic aspect.

Słowa kluczowe

  • art
  • religion
  • religious music
  • play
  • Gadamer
Otwarty dostęp

Presence in Contemporary Religious Art Graham Sutherland and Antony Gormley

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 77 - 89

Abstrakt

Abstract

This article analyses the topic of presence in modern and contemporary religious art by means of the work of two artists. Graham Sutherland’s Christ in Glory (1951-1962) will be compared to the Buddhism-inspired works of Antony Gormley. Sutherlands Christ in Glory is intended to show Christ’s presence to the involved observer: the invisible Christ can become present through interaction with Christ in Glory in the same way that Christ becomes present through prayer. Viewed in connection with other works by Gormley, Land, Sea, and Air II (1982) is intended to show presence to the viewer, the body as presence. This concerns an attitude of quiet concentration and awareness in connection with the ‘elemental’ world. Theologically speaking, the difference between Christ in Glory and Gormley’s works is as follows: the Christian tradition views the human being as a creation of God. He or she lives in his or her presence only in dependence on God. For Gormley, it has to do with a presence without God the creator. The human being is present as body and awareness in a world in which everything is uncertain. There is an unmistakable difference in their views of presence, but that does not mean, as we will see, that Gormley’s work cannot be fruitful for the Christian religion. Gormley’s Sound II in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral points the involved observer to the importance of the renewal of life after baptism through meditation as an important part of Christian spirituality.

Słowa kluczowe

  • art
  • religion
  • presence in art
  • Graham Sutherland
  • Antony Gormley
6 Artykułów
Otwarty dostęp

When Art is Religion and Vice Versa. Six Perspectives on the Relationship between Art and Religion

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 3 - 20

Abstrakt

Abstract

In the discussion of religion and art, it is quite difficult to exactly define what makes art ‘religious’. In this article, the author suggest six different perspectives in which a work of art—any work of art—could be interpreted as ‘religious’, as an embodiment of the complex relationship between art and religion. These perspectives are not mutually exclusive: one and the same art work could be approached on multiple levels at once. Nor do they disqualify other methodologies of studying art and religion. These perspectives provide conceptual windows to understand what people (could) mean when they discuss religious art. The six perspectives are: (1) material, (2) contextual, (3) referential, (4) reflexive, (5) ritual, and (6) existential. They vary from the more or less objective to the more subjective, and as such from artist-intended to viewer/listener-perceived (with or without help of clues provided by the artist and/or the object itself). The author illustrates who these different perspectives can vary in defining certain pieces of art as religious by using three very different case studies: the Isenheimer Altarpiece, one of Hugo Ball’s famous sound poems, and the digital game Child of Light.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Art
  • religion
  • isenheimer altar
  • hugo ball
  • child of light
Otwarty dostęp

Art and Spirituality. Explored on the Levels of Experience, Meaning and Research

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 21 - 32

Abstrakt

Abstract

The area where literature, art, music, religion, spirituality, and philosophy split off from, run parallel to each other, and merge again is like a delta. This essay explores the complex interrelations between art and spirituality on three levels. First on the level of spiritual experience, exemplified by experiences of the art of still life (the painter Morandi, the poet Kopland). On the second level, several questions about meaning are analyzed, beginning with the question of meaning posed by the work of art itself. Both art and spirituality presuppose an open and receptive attitude. In philosophical reflections on the meaning of art, some aim primarily at its relevance for our insight into the reality of things, people, and animals, while others are more concerned with its significance for human action. Thirdly, some problems on the level of research are discussed. Research invites us to come to a critical relativization of what we have seen, heard, or read and also allows us to see that the often presupposed ‘immediacy’ of our experience is in fact mediated by pre-given schemes and habits. Three reasons are given to answer the question why it is meaningful to research these mediations and to search for the authentic meanings of art works (in particular works of literature) themselves.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Spirituality
  • art and literature
  • experience
  • meaning
  • research
Otwarty dostęp

Art and Religion as Invitation. An Exploration Based on John Dewey’s Theory of Experience and Imagination

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 33 - 45

Abstrakt

Abstract

In this essay, the relation between art and religion is explored using the concepts experience and imagination as understood by the American philosopher John Dewey. In Dewey’s view, experience involves both the experiencer and the experienced: it is a phenomenon of the in-between. When we are really touched by what we meet in interacting with our physical and social surroundings, experience acquires an aesthetic quality that opens us to the value and the potential of what we perceive. We can see the factual in light of the possible, thus enriching it with new layers of meaning. We experience this as resonance between us and the world. It is the work of the imagination. Due to their imaginative capacity, humans can aspire to a ‘good life’. This aspiration is discussed in terms of invitation and response. Can we experience ourselves as being invited to respond to this unruly world with attachment and care? Here art and religion come into play. Art is understood as the domain of the possible: it explores the world behind or beyond what we usually accept as fact. An aesthetic experience acquires religious quality when it evokes in us an ideal that guides our sense of self and world, stimulating us to realize our ideals in daily actions. If inspired by imagination, art and religion may evoke intense experiences of resonance and invite us to new ways of connecting and transformative action. This is explored with the help of a hermeneutical circle, a ‘cycle of imagination’.

Słowa kluczowe

  • experience
  • imagination
  • resonance
  • invitation
  • response
Otwarty dostęp

Holy Crisis. On the Problem that Espouses Modern Art to Modern Spirituality

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 47 - 61

Abstrakt

Abstract

Visual art owes its modernity from the crisis it fell into in the midst of the nineteenth century. Courbet’s call for realism questioned the foundation of the art of his time. The incapacity of the series of ‘-isms’ that followed to answer Courbet’s call, pointed to a crisis not only in art, but in the then emerging non-artistic visual culture in general. In fact, Courbet’s call questioned the image paradigm that was in force since the Renaissance: the one of ‘representation’. The crisis of art laid bare the crisis of the representation paradigm. Modern art’s complex relation to religion and spirituality must be understood in the context of this paradigm crisis. Although generally anti-religious, modern art often keeps on being fascinated by religion, spirituality, and mysticism. The ‘religious’, the ‘holy’, the ‘sanctity’ modern art is inclined to, is linked to the crisis it originates from. Does this reference to the religious and the spiritual, then, constitute the answer to that crisis? I defend the thesis that it rather affirms this very crisis. If there is something ‘holy’ in art, it is not the answer to which it makes people long, but it is art’s inherent crisis itself. If art has a ‘holy’ mission, it is to keep that crisis on the agenda of modernity.

Słowa kluczowe

  • Modern art
  • spirituality
  • realism
  • modernity
  • crisis
Otwarty dostęp

Hearing Religious Music. The Subject-Object Relationship of the Listener and the Piece of Music in a Consumption Era

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 63 - 75

Abstrakt

Abstract

In a concert hall, the attitude of the audience focusses on the formalistic aspects of music. In religious rituals, music is a means of leading the hearer to a spiritual experience. What happens when music, meant originally for a liturgical purpose, is played in a concert setting? Gadamer shows, with his conception of Verwandlung ins Gebilde, that an art work is never static, but carries a depth in itself, which is connected to an artistic ingenuity throughout centuries. In this ‘depth’ lies the connection to the listener, which is broader than a mere aesthetical one. On the other hand, music in itself has a strong ‘theatrical’ side, which can easily surpass its contemplative aspect in consumer culture. It appears that this aspect, in combination with the formalistic-aesthetic approach of modern museum culture, of which concert culture is a part, made the hearer become almost ‘deaf ’ to the religious content; because a concert practice focusses primarily on entertaining the hearer, s/he is not able to engage in the music as a source of spiritual edification of the soul. Nevertheless, Gadamer’s conception of play makes us be aware that there will always be new, unexpected ways in which the truth comes into being in the interaction of a piece of music and its hearer. In order to create such a reality, it is necessary to turn to new and renewing hearing practices, where the play between music and the hearer has a wider range of musical experience than the mere formalistic aspect.

Słowa kluczowe

  • art
  • religion
  • religious music
  • play
  • Gadamer
Otwarty dostęp

Presence in Contemporary Religious Art Graham Sutherland and Antony Gormley

Data publikacji: 10 Aug 2020
Zakres stron: 77 - 89

Abstrakt

Abstract

This article analyses the topic of presence in modern and contemporary religious art by means of the work of two artists. Graham Sutherland’s Christ in Glory (1951-1962) will be compared to the Buddhism-inspired works of Antony Gormley. Sutherlands Christ in Glory is intended to show Christ’s presence to the involved observer: the invisible Christ can become present through interaction with Christ in Glory in the same way that Christ becomes present through prayer. Viewed in connection with other works by Gormley, Land, Sea, and Air II (1982) is intended to show presence to the viewer, the body as presence. This concerns an attitude of quiet concentration and awareness in connection with the ‘elemental’ world. Theologically speaking, the difference between Christ in Glory and Gormley’s works is as follows: the Christian tradition views the human being as a creation of God. He or she lives in his or her presence only in dependence on God. For Gormley, it has to do with a presence without God the creator. The human being is present as body and awareness in a world in which everything is uncertain. There is an unmistakable difference in their views of presence, but that does not mean, as we will see, that Gormley’s work cannot be fruitful for the Christian religion. Gormley’s Sound II in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral points the involved observer to the importance of the renewal of life after baptism through meditation as an important part of Christian spirituality.

Słowa kluczowe

  • art
  • religion
  • presence in art
  • Graham Sutherland
  • Antony Gormley

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