Art and Spirituality Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Art and Spirituality
An examination of the role of spirituality in art.
# 119631 | 944 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 13, 2010 in Literature (Poetry) , Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This essay focuses on two methods of art which are commonly seen as evocative of spirituality: visual art and poetry. By concentrating upon these forms, the essay attempts to demonstrate that there is a direct link between great art and spiritual experiences. After discussing the meaning of the term "spiritual", the essay then considers spiritual poetry, focusing upon one early English poem "The Dream of the Rood", and some later Catholic poetry. The role of painting in spirituality, with emphasis upon the early 20th Century work by Wassily Kandinsky, "Concerning the Spiritual in Art," is also discussed.

From the Paper:

"Both "The Dream of the Rood" and Hopkins' poems describe their faith through physical description: "I saw the glory-tree/shine our gaily/...Yet through the masking gold I might perceive/what terrible sufferings were once stained thereon:/It bled from the right side/Ruth in the heart" (Alexander). "The mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall/Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed" (Hopkins). The spiritual is therefore accessed through the reader's understanding of the physical world - Rood does this through descriptions of the bleeding cross; Hopkins through the vastness of mountains and cliffs. These physical items would be awe-inspiring if real - therefore they create an image of awe in the mind. This removes it from the Mundane, as spiritual poetry demands."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexander, Michael The Earliest English Poems Penguin 1982
  • Ecker, Ronald L. "Religious Crisis in Hopkins' Terrible Sonnets"
  • Gilman, Steven "Spiritual Poems - why read them?"
  • Kandinsky, Wassily "Concerning the Spiritual in Art".
  • Richmond, Raymond Lloyd (2008) "Spirituality and psychology"

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