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By Jacques Maritain

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Art and Scholasticism is Jacques Maritain’s vintage argument for an goal view of either paintings and the artist. Maritain presents a powerful dissenting standpoint at the lazy, self-flattering inventive assumptions of the previous centuries. For this re-creation, Brian Barbour’s advent provides a desirable precis of Maritain’s philosophical historical past, his conversion to Catholicism and paintings in Thomistic inspiration, and the significance of Art and Scholasticism in realizing aesthetics—be it in poetry, portray, song, or literature. Art and Scholasticism is a must-read for fans of artwork and knowledge alike. See our different books at!

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Allowing for this difference as regards the object signified, Painting is no more imitative than Music and Music is no less imitative than Painting, if "imitation" is understood precisely in the sense just defined. But since the delight procured by the beautiful does not consist formally in the act itself of knowing the real, or in the act of conformity with what is, it does not at all depend on the perfection of imitation as reproduction of the real, or on the exactness of the representation. Imitation as reproduction or representation of the real -- in other words, imitation materially taken -- is but a means, not an end; along with manual dexterity, it relates to artistic activity, but no more than manual dexterity does it constitute it.

For why the servile works and trade, if not in order that the body, being provided with the necessaries of life, may be in the state required for contemplation? Why the moral virtues and prudence, if not to procure the tranquility of the passions and the interior peace that contemplation needs? Why the whole government of civil life, if not to assure the exterior peace necessary to contemplation? "[157] But contemplation itself -- and all the rest -- is for the sake of love. htm (4 of 8)27-Sep-05 19:15:15 Jacques Maritain Center: Art and Scholasticism 9 their properly civilizing value, or of their degree of spirituality.

When Aristotle wrote, apropos the first causes of poetry: "To imitate is natural to men from childhood. . man is the most imitative of the animals: he acquires his first knowledge through imitation, and everybody delights in imitations. We find a sign of this latter in works of art: for of the very things that we look at with uneasiness we rejoice to behold the most exact images, such as the forms of the vilest beasts and of corpses. The explanation is that to learn is the greatest of pleasures not only for philosophers but also for other men .

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