Art and Faith

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Es ist ein Ros ersprungen. Thomanerchor Leipzig

A classic German Christmas selection sung by the Thomanerchor Leipzig is performed against a backdrop of Russian holiday celebrations from parishes throughout the world. To our Catholic and Protestant friends, a happy and blessed Christmas. We wish you that from our hearts. S prazdnikom! To the feast! From our house to yours!

Isaak Levitan. Evening Bells. 1892

Evening Bells (Isaak Levitan, 1892)

This is one of the genius masterworks of the great Isaak Levitan. One can see from this painting that Orthodoxy permeated the entire culture of Great Russia. Although Jewish, Mr Levitan painted some of the most meaningful and powerful images in the Orthodox repertoire. There is no indication in this canvas to tell the viewer that this work was not the work of a Christian. If such was true in 19th century Russia, the same must hold true today. Therefore, any artwork produced in the contemporary West has to work against the prevalent atheistic mindset, so, one can see that the influence (sadly) can work both ways!

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