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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The very first human art we know about may have been inspired by religion. The cave paintings of ancient humans, such as those at Lascaux, France, discovered in 1940 and dating to approximately 30,000 BCE, inspire awe and wonder. What source of pigment and light did they use? Why travel a mile down into the bowels of the earth through dark, dank, dangerous passageways to produce these masterpieces?

Cave art was possibly used in religious rites associated with hunting cultures. If they were offered to the gods of the hunt, as some archaeologists believe, the cave paintings would have been religiously inspired works of art, as opposed to the art of personal adornment. Since then, religion has continued to inspire art of all kinds.

Bach, Handel, Beethoven, and Mozart are four composers among hundreds whose work is performed weekly in places of worship and regularly in secular concert halls as well. Michelangelo's paintings, not least the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, attract thousands to Rome each year. Literary works like Ben-Hur, about a Palestinian Jew battling the Roman empire at the time of Jesus, still inspire Hollywood to make epic films. John Milton's Paradise Lost is required reading at colleges and universities. The Japanese form of Haiku poetry is a distinct part of Zen Buddhism, allowing bright but fragile images to pierce through a very strict literary form. Hindu goddess statues, even a very ancient figure in the lotus position, are still being uncovered by the archaeologist's brush.

Because religious-inspired art was an early form of human expression and appears in all cultures, a good argument can be made that art is what makes us human, separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom, and provides a window through which we see that which is "other," spiritual, or eternal. In short, it can be said that art is a medium of expression by which we experience divinity.


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And the art of payment has the special function of giving pay: but we do not confuse this with other arts, any more than the art of the pilot is to be confused with the art of medicine, because the health of the pilot may be improved by a sea voyage.
Beauty must come back to the useful arts, and the distinction between the fine and the useful arts be forgotten.
For love is the enemy of haste; it takes count of passing days, of men who pass away, of a fine art matured slowly in the course of years and doomed in a short time to pass away too, and be no more.
Such, then, are the differences of the arts with respect to the medium of imitation.
It is a question whether we have ever seen the full expression of a personality, except on the imaginative plane of art.
Tis thus that the marvellous art of the Middle Ages has been treated in nearly every country, especially in France.
From the outset, however, he was actuated by an ardent didactic purpose; he wrote of Art in order to awake men's spiritual natures to a joyful delight in the Beautiful and thus to lead, them to God, its Author.
It is only a few of the scions of our noblest and wealthiest houses, who are able to give the time and money necessary for the thorough prosecution of this noble and valuable Art.
Joe and Delia became enamoured one of the other, or each of the other, as you please, and in a short time were married--for (see above), when one loves one's Art no service seems too hard.
Well, let it go, it cannot be helped; Art retains her privileges, Literature has lost hers.
It is a grotesque misapprehension which sees in art no more than a craft comprehensible perfectly only to the craftsman: art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.
To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to be well-fed while the enemy is famished:--this is the art of husbanding one's strength.