Revelations of Art
Art expresses truth in the same fundamental way as religious ritual and myth do: its truth is the truth of disclosure. Rather than capturing a reality we can weigh and measure or test with the rules of science, art opens us to a transcendent world and way of being in the world whose correspondence to “reality” is of minimal importance. The truth of art is a truth that can be reached only by a creative participation in its revelation.
Artistic experience is not unlike religious experience. With this similarity in mind, I begin a new regular series here at Journeys in Alterity. Every Sunday I’ll be posting a work of art that I find particularly revelatory. By revelatory I do not mean religious, although some of the art works may be of religious character. I may offer a few words from time to time, but for the most part I intend to let the work of art speak for itself. I begin with The Tempest by Auguste Rodin.