Sacred and profane beauty; the holy in art. Pref. by Mircea Eliade. Translated by David E. Green.


[1st ed. ].. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1963] .

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Standard Title Vom Heiligen in der Kunst. English
Subjects Art and religion.
Religion and literature.
Description 357 pages 24 cm
Copyright Date [1963]
Notes "Published in Germany under the title, Vom Heiligen in der Kunst."
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Gerardus van der Leeuw was one of the first to attempt a rapprochement between theology and the arts, and his influence continues to be felt in what is now a burgeoning field. Sacred and Profane is the fullest expression of his pursuit of a theological aesthetics, surveying religion's relationship to all the arts -- dance, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, and music. This edition makes this seminal work, first published in Dutch in 1932, newly available. A new foreword by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona analyzes the continuing relevance of van der Leeuw's thought.
Contents Introduction. Rivalry or ultimate unity? ; What is the holy? ; Methodology ; Can art be a holy act? ; "Primitive" and "modern" ; Organization -- Part one : Beautiful motion. The unity of dance and religion ; The breakup of unity ; Enmity between dance and religion ; Religious dance : influences ; Religious dance : harmony ; The theological aesthetics of the dance -- Part two : Movements and countermovements. Holy play ; The breakup of unity ; The enmity between religion and theater ; Influences : harmony ; The theological aesthetics of the drama -- Part Three : Beautiful words. Holy words ; The breakup of unity ; The rejection of the word by religion ; Influences toward harmony ; The theological aesthetics of the word -- Part four : The pictorial arts. The fixation of an idea as a holy image ; Unhindered pictorial representation ; The prohibition of images and the iconoclastic controversy ; The holy image : influences -- Part five : The house of God and the house of man. The building of the house of God ; The house of God becomes a human house : alienation and conflict ; Influences toward harmony ; The theological aesthetics of building -- Part six : Music and religion. Holy sound ; The transitional structure ; Discord ; Influences ; Harmony ; The theological aesthetics of music -- Part seven : Theological aesthetics. Paths and boundaries ; The republic of the arts ; The image of God ; The theology of the arts.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)175311
(OCoLC)ocm00175311
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WorldCat Identities Leeuw, G. van der 1890-1950.
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