- Admonitions useful to a spiritual life
An investigation into the nature of religious art
The first part of formal experiment. We were interested in how the best religious art seems to be set in the artist’s world – Caravaggio, for example, seems to have cast his Supper at Emmaus from denizens of his local tavern. It is only in later, didactic religious painting that the worlds of flesh and spirit are separated by glowing light and ambiguous ethnic origin.
So we wondered what might happen if we posited a religious text – in this case, excerpts from Thomas á Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, a fifteenth-century self-help book for monks – against images drawn from the Cold War, the psychological landscape of our youth. Below is the result. Inconclusive, but perhaps interesting.
Five Admonitions are planned; two have been printed so far: The means to get peace, and of desire to profit in virtues; and Of bearing other men’s faults.