Ancient Art in Miniature. Near Eastern Seals from the by Holly Pittman

By Holly Pittman

Исследования искусства Ирана IV-II тыс. до н.э. по материалам коллекции музея Метрополитен и коллекции Черкаски.

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One reason why this is so seldom acknowledged is that the art now bestknown is inevitably the art that has survived in the greatest quantity, which also tends to be from the period nearest to us – from the high Middle Ages onwards. The Western interest in icons (which, like Renaissance art, could have given a different emphasis) is a comparatively recent phenomenon. This is not to deny the prominence of that alternative scenario, but rather to counsel caution in generalizing about the ubiquitous character of Christian hostility to the body.

As a well-educated Jesuit, Hopkins would have known that beauty no less than truth and goodness were traditional attributes of God, and so everything in the world created by him must ultimately reflect that beauty. Conclusion Ironically, critics of Christianity sometimes function as the mirror image of the fundamentalists they so despise, by assuming a single meaning of the Christian faith. Unsurprisingly, across two millennia a great variety of opinions have been held, and these need to be borne in mind in interpreting the art and literature they have helped to generate.

My point is simply that, while Antony and Augustine may have had a decisive impact on the shaping of Christian thinking on this matter, theirs was by no means the last or only word. However badly things may have gone wrong, sexual activity had to be given an indispensable place as part of the divine intention for this world, since it was there in the myth of the world’s origins. Indeed, as blessed and graced, it had also to find some part even in the celibate Christ. 34 It was essential that the perfect human being should be a sexual being like the rest of us, since he came to redeem all of our human nature and not just part of it.

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