The Assumption: Christian art is theology

Posted August 15, 2017 7:50 am by Editor

The Assumption: Christian art is theology

Assumption of the Virgin by Egid Quirin Asam circa 1717

I have no problem with the above but I have always had a problem with this:

Velasquez’ Assumption

The sculpture is of course a baroque rendering of this, a thirteenth century mosaic St Mary Major Rome.

The more ancient way of representing the Assumption or Dormition common to East and West places Our Lady’s being taken up into heaven within the context of the mystery of the Church and Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension, and says a great deal about Christian death.

The Velasquez on the other hand has an entirely different theology. Christian art is as much a way of expressing theology as words, it is never dogmatically neutral!


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