|Woman Baking Bread, 1854.Millet|
Catherine Doherty, "The Life of a Christian Artist" in Restoration
ART DOES NOT ONLY INCLUDE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, BUT anything that is creative. Nor does the word 'art' refer to work only on a religious subject; all art can bring the feeling of God. It brings the feeling of truth, of a strange reality that somehow-by the grace of God- passes through the mind, the heart, and the imagination. It reminds people that God is the creator; for here is a bit of his creation, caught by a skilled artist.
Charlotte Mason, Nineteenth Century Educator
"THERE ARE ALWAYS THOSE PRESENT WITH US WHOM GOD WHISPERS in the ear, through whom He sends a direct message to the rest. Among these messengers are the great painters who interpret to us some of the meanings of life. To read their messages aright is a thing due from us. But this, like other good gifts, does not come by nature. It is the reward of humble patient study. It is not in a day or a year that Fra Angelico will tell us of the beauty of holiness, that Giotto will confide his interpretation of the meaning of life, that Millet will tell us of the simplicity and dignity that belong to labor on the soil, that Rembrandt will show us the sweetness of humanity in many a commonplace countenance.
"Reaching, that heaven might so replenish him,
Above and through his art,"-
has indispensable lessons to give us, whether he convey them through the brush of the painter, the vast parables of the architect, or through such another cathedral built of sound as 'Abt Vogler' produced: the outward and visible sign is of less moment than the inward and spiritual grace."