Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (2)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

The Soul has Bandaged moments — When too appalled to stir — She feels some ghastly Fright come up And stop to look at her — Salute her — with long fingers — Caress her freezing hair — Sip, Goblin, from the very lips The Lover— hovered — o’er — Unworthy, that a thought so […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

A poem by Emily Dickinson: Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat? Then crouch within the door. Red is the Fire’s common tint; But when the vivid Ore Has vanquished Flame’s conditions, It quivers from the Forge Without a color but the light Of unanointed Blaze. Least Village has its Blacksmith, Whose Anvil’s […]

Emerson on Art, part 7

Posted by on Oct 19, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

A true announcement of the law of creation, if a man were found worthy to declare it, would carry art up into the kingdom of nature, and destroy its separate and contrasted existence. The fountains of invention and beauty in modern society are all but dried up. A popular novel, a theatre, or a ball-room […]

Emerson on Art, part 6

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Yet when we have said all our fine things about the arts, we must end with a frank confession, that the arts, as we know them, are but initial. Our best praise is given to what they aimed and promised, not to the actual result. He has conceived meanly of the resources of man, who […]

Emerson on Art, part 5

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

I remember, when in my younger days I had heard of the wonders of Italian painting, I fancied the great pictures would be great strangers; some surprising combination of color and form; a foreign wonder, barbaric pearl and gold, like the spontoons and standards of the militia, which play such pranks in the eyes and […]

Emerson on Art, part 4

Posted by on Oct 16, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

The reference of all production at last to an aboriginal Power explains the traits common to all works of the highest art,–that they are universally intelligible; that they restore to us the simplest states of mind; and are religious. Since what skill is therein shown is the reappearance of the original soul, a jet of […]

Emerson on Art, part 3

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Thus, historically viewed, it has been the office of art to educate the perception of beauty. We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision. It needs, by the exhibition of single traits, to assist and lead the dormant taste. We carve and paint, or we behold what is carved and painted, […]

Emerson on Art, part 2

Posted by on Oct 14, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

But the artist must employ the symbols in use in his day and nation, to convey his enlarged sense to his fellow-men. Thus the new in art is always formed out of the old. The Genius of the Hour sets his ineffaceable seal on the work, and gives it an inexpressible charm for the imagination. […]

Plotinus, Ennead I.6.9 on Spiritual Beauty

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

This was our final reading at the recent Jesuit Retreat on the Rule of Augustine at the Art Monastery. From the Enneads of Plotinus: 9. And this inner vision, what is its operation? Newly awakened it is all too feeble to bear the ultimate splendour. Therefore the Soul must be trained- to the habit of […]

Chapter 8 of Augustine’s Rule

Posted by on Oct 9, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Starting on October 2nd, I’ll be doing a Jesuit retreat on the Rule of Augustine (which I’ve written about here: “Up to our necks in Augustine”). Each day, I’ll read 1 of the 8 chapters of the Rule of Augustine: Chapter VIII of Augustine’s Rule Observance of the Rule 1. The Lord grant that you may observe […]