Books > Art & Beauty
“Whether you have been reading Father Morris’ delightful interpretations since the earliest editions of Magnificat or are being introduced to them for the first time, Regina Cœli: Art and Essays on the Blessed Virgin Mary will increase your love simultaneously for the Mother of God and for a form of art that draws us closer to both Mary and her divine Son. To read an art essay by Father Michael Morris, o.p., is to uncover a richness of expression in both word and imagery. His love of sacred art is unmistakable in the enthusiastic turns of phrase he brings to his writing. His exhaustive knowledge is found in detailed insights. Father Morris shares what he sees, and we are the better for it. Sadly, Regina Cœli will be one of Father Morris’ last published works for Magnificat. Undoubtedly, his love for our Blessed Mother strengthened him to complete this manuscript literally days before he went to his final reward on July 15, 2016. We pray the devotion evident in Regina Cœli will draw you into a deeper relationship with our Lady as you contemplate her role in salvation history.”
Softcover with flaps. 100 pp.
via the Rosary Center bookstore listing Regina Coeli
Laura James | Ethiopian Iconography
“Laura James is a self-taught painter living and working in New York City. She is a visual storyteller who explores biblical subjects, cultural issues and secular themes through her unique contemporary use of the traditional art of Ethiopian iconography. Her goal is to have her art in churches and public places where black people can actively see themselves included within the stories of the Bible.
“Laura creatively re-contextualizes the Christian message to include all of God’s people. This is masterfully done in her 34 paintings for the Book of the Gospel lectionary published in 2000 by LTP. Her biblical paintings visually remind us that, “red or yellow, black and white, they are ALL precious in His sight . . . Jesus loves all the children of the world.”
via Eyekons Gallery | Laura James Biography – Ethiopian Iconography artist homepage at Eyekons – stock images
Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture
Responses to the Work of David Brown
Edited by Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley
- A volume with broad interdisciplinary appeal, drawing on theology, philosophy, literary and cultural studies.
- Draws together essays from prominent scholars in these fields, creating the first sustained treatment of David Brown’s contribution to the discussion of theology, aesthetics, and culture.
- Includes in-depth discussion of popular culture.
Provides a response to the essays from David Brown.
via Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture – Robert MacSwain; Taylor Worley – Oxford University Press
“Beauty, whether that of the natural universe or that expressed in art, precisely because it opens up and broadens the horizons of human awareness, pointing us beyond ourselves, bringing us face to face with the abyss of Infinity, can become a path towards the transcendent, towards the ultimate Mystery, towards God.”
– Pope Benedict XVI
via The Nature of Beauty and the Catholic Tradition – Institute of Catholic Culture
During his homily at the Basilica of the Holy Family in Barcelona, our Holy Father spoke to those gathered about beauty’s role in sacred architecture and faith. He said,
“Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness….In this masterpiece, Gaudí [the architect] shows us that God is the true measure of man; that the secret of authentic originality consists, as he himself said, in returning to one’s origin which is God. Gaudí, by opening his spirit to God, was capable of creating in this city a space of beauty, faith and hope which leads man to an encounter with him who is truth and beauty itself.”
Read the whole homily here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2010/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20101107_barcelona_en.html.
via “Beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs,” acc. to Pope Benedict XVI – Institute of Catholic Culture