How does Art Speak to You?

In October, I attended the second meeting of the newly formed Westcoast Catholic Art Guild (also called Cor ad Cor).

One of the members, who I’ll call Margaret for this blog post, asked if I could give her a lift. It was only a five minute drive, and not out of the way, so I agreed. In the car, she mentioned that she was concerned that the Guild was taking a literature-centric approach (she’s an architect). I said that I didn’t that was the case. It was that the leaders of the guild specialized in literature, so when talking about the direction they wanted to take with the guild, they used literary references because that was their natural language.

Seeing as the Guild is made up of artists from all mediums, whether that be music, painting, literature, etc, it would be an all-inclusive Guild celebrating art in all its forms.

Plus, it was only the second meeting, give it some time.

This did get me thinking about art. And how the most beautiful of any kind of art form can move most people in one way or another, but some people are particularly moved by one medium, and others by different mediums.

For instance, I am more drawn to art that I can see, particularly paintings. I’m very much drawn to movement and color that’s in a lot of Renaissance art. Particularly faces. There’s something about seeing how an artist captures emotion whether it be the wailing of the the Virgin Mary at the site of Christ on the Cross.

I particularly like paintings that tell a story, or stories within the story. I think we all know the story of Christ’s crucifixion, but even so , the painter’s giving his own interpretation. There’s sadness in the two Marys faces, but there’s also a sense of hopefulness too. Also, why is the Virgin Mary illuminated while Mary Magedeline is darkened by the shadow Christ casts? I’m sure there’s some pHD art historian who can answer this perfectly, but where’s the adventure in that? Sometimes, it’s best to just have a relationship with the art

Murillo Bartolme Esteban’s “Crucifixion”

Other people are elevated to a higher plane of existence through music. I’ll invite you to listen to Miserere mei below. It’s best experienced… well… live, but since we don’t currently have that luxury, I invite you to listen to the song with a meditative mindset.

You don’t need to understand it, but you can probably still hear and appreciate it’s beauty.

Oh alright. Here’s this too:

Come to think of it, there’s two different sets of joy to be taken from this short video. If you were only listening to it, you can appreciate the music as it’s meant to be, but you’d have to actually SEE the video to appreciate the humor, thus further adding to your joy.

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