Catholic Art Institute
An interview with Matthew Conner, Catholic Artist and Catholic Art Institute Featured Artist
Matthew Conner joins the podcast to discuss his sacred art drawing from the Gothic and Iconographic styles. Matthew has done considerable research about Sacred Art and was influenced by the writings of many modern and traditional Catholic clergy, artists and philosophers. Please see the bibliography below. Discussed in this episode is Anthony Visco's "Four Canons of Composition" lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf0N2Mo6Huk Dr. Denis McNamara's presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3c1OrRusGk Matthew Conner's website: https://www.matthew-conner.com/ Catholic Art Institute Featured Artist Page: https://www.catholicartinstitute.org/matthewconner Sacred Art - Naturalism & Symbolism Annotated Bibliography: Aidan Hart, Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting. Inter alia, discussion of preserving physical qualities of saints's likenesses while symbolically revealing qualities of their identity. Clayton, David. The Way of Beauty Several chapters develop the three schools mentioned in Pope Benedict's work. Deville Adam, "Aidan Hart on His Splendid New Book about Icons", http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com/ 2014/09/aidan-hart-on-his-splendid-new-book.html "every formal, stylistic element of liturgical art, be it visual, musical or architectural, must aim to show the world transfigured and to create the right state of soul conducive to prayer," - Aidan Hart Gorbunova-Lomax, Irina. The Icon: Truth and Fables. Inter alia, a salutary critique of certain over-mysticizating tendencies in the Iconographic mode. (St) John of Damascus, On the Divine Images On the eschatalogical reality of icons and their veneration. McNamara, Dennis. Liturgical Architecture: a Balthasarian Approach , Communio 32. Develops Hans von Balthasar's "beauty that reveals the ontological reality" which draws on the earlier maxim «Pulchritudo veritatis splendor », Beauty is the splendor of truth. Pius XII, Pope. "Mediator Dei", 195. "Modern art should be given free scope in the due and reverent service of the church and the sacred rites, provided that they preserve a correct balance between styles tending neither to extreme realism nor to excessive 'symbolism,'..." «Recentes imagines ac formae, ad materiam aptiores, ex qua hodie conficiuntur, non sunt generali modo atque ex praeiudicata opinione spernendae ac reiciendae; sed rationibus illis aequabiliter ac recte compositis, quae neque ad nudam contendant rerum imitationem, nec ad nimium « symbolismum », quem vocant, ac necessitatibus potius spectatis christianae communitatis, quam peculiari artificum iudicio atque ingenio cuiusque suo, oportet omnino eam nostrorum temporum artem liberum habere campum, quae sacris aedibus sacrisque ritibus debita reverentia debitoque honore inserviat;,... » Ratzinger, Joseph. Spirit and the Liturgy , pt iii, ch 1. Reflects on three major schools of Sacred Art: Iconographic, Gothic and Baroque. Each uses a different mode of approaching the transcendent: eschatalogical reality for the former, incarnational particulars for the later and conjoining of the two in the Gothic/Early Renaissance. cf Plato and Aristotle's ideal and hylomorphic concepts. (St) Thomas Aquinas, ST I, Q 50, a 3, ad 3. "since only through sensible things can we come to know intelligible ones" «quia ad cognoscendum intelligibilia non possumus pervenire nisi per sensibilia»
An Interview with Jonathan Pageau, Master Icon Carver and Host of the Symbolic World
Jonathan Pageau joins the podcast to discuss his icon carving, faith journey, artistic training, his friendship with Dr. Jordan Peterson, and his youtube channel and website "The Symbolic World. Jonathan Pageau is a professional artist, writer and public speaker, giving workshops and conferences all around North America. Through his YouTube channel and podcast, The Symbolic World, he also furthers the conversation on symbolism, meaning and patterns in everything from movies, to icons, to social trends. Jonathan's websites: https://www.pageaucarvings.com/index.html The Symbolic World Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pageaujonathan https://thesymbolicworld.com/ Jonathan's Icon Carving Demo Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBkkb05XjPk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXNGTXDwAoU Dr. Jordan Peterson's Interview with Jonathan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAqVmZwqZM Fr. Silouan Justiniano Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAe_fQ3d1N8&t=2335s
An Interview with Juliette Aristides, award winning artist, author, & founder of Aristides Atelier
Juliette shares about her background in the atelier movement, her recent solo show "A Life Work", as well as her newest book, how photography has influenced painting and how to work with it, as well as advice for emerging artists. Juliette's website: https://www.aristidesarts.com/ Fine Art Connoisseur on Juliette's recent solo show "A Life Work": https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2021/03/juliette-aristides-classical-art-lifes-work/ Juliette's newest book "Beginning Drawing Atelier: An Instructional Sketchbook": https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580935125/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4 All of Juliette's books: https://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Aristides/e/B001JS6272?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1618468152&sr=8-1
An Interview with Alexander Stoddart, The Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary, on Neoclassicism & Kitsch.
Alexander Stoddart joins the podcast to discuss Neoclassicism, his training and work as a monumental sculptor, as well as the topic of kitsch. He was so generous of his time for this and for that we're very grateful! For Roger Scuton's remarks on kitsch, this video is very interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCoqQ5GUDig. He was mentioned in this video a good friend of Mr. Stoddart.
Anthony Visco Presents "The Maesta' and Sacred Conversations"
Anthony Visco joins the Catholic Art Institute to present "The Maesta' and Sacred Conversations". Realized as our Lady enthroned in silent conversation with saints, their elements of composition, this Zoom powerpoint presentation will explore its origins, its evolution, and how we may return to this time honored Marian devotion. This presentation is one of a series of lectures, the others are being hosted by the Dominican's of St. Patrick's in Philadelphia. You can view previous and future lectures by visiting the following: Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bgzAHx3J5A&t=5s St. Patrick's website: https://www.stpatrickphilly.org/ If you enjoyed this presentation please consider supporting the Catholic Art Institute by becoming a member: https://www.catholicartinstitute.org/membership or by making a tax deductible charitable contribution: https://www.catholicartinstitute.org/giving Many thanks again to Anthony Visco for sharing his time and expertise in this fascinating presentation!
Cody Swanson, Sculptor & Catholic Art Institute Artist of the Month
Cody Swanson joins the podcast to discuss his award winning work, as well as his conversion to the faith through the study of Catholic art. He also discusses his classical training, teaching, and offers advice to aspiring artists. Cody is being recognized by the Catholic Art Institute as the first "Artist of the Month". This new feature on the CAI website has been created to spotlight modern masters in sacred and classical art.