Friday, July 28, 2017
Modern Art. . .
Why do we work so hard to improve upon the crucifix? Why does modern art delight in the oblique rather than the concrete? The Pope has a new crozier and it is is a prime example of something new, modern, strange, and unintelligible. What does it mean? (I will admit, a Lutheran question for a Roman pontiff but a worthy one.)
For my part, I like good clean lines when they are used to highlight the crucifix and the sufferings of Christ that have paid sin's debt and given us new life death cannot steal. But not this one. I just don't know what to make of it and the entire purpose of church art is to give a visual image to the faith. Here is a clean fail in that department. Maybe you like it. Me, not so much.