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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND ART.

194

To

view therefore from a higher platform the

cance of Calvinism to

art,

of these three points:

i.

to

principle

its

for

done

actually

be well,

if

Saint Sophia

oivn\

its

2.

what flows from what

3.

it

has

only Calvinism had developed its

Athens,

of at

Calvinism was not allowed

advancement.

an architectural style of boasted

in the investigation

nature of art] and

tJie

for its

All would

is

why

develop an art-style of

me

follow

signifi-

Just as the Parthenon

own.

Pantheon

the

at

Rome,

the

Byzantium, the Cathedral at Cologne,

at

or the Saint Peter's at the Vatican, so also ought Cal-

be

vinism to

embodying

able

is

an impressive structure,

exhibit

the fulness of

all

not do this

to

And

ideal.

its

considered sufficient proof of

that

it

did

artistic

its

Of course Calvinism is understood as having ascend to the same artistic luxury, but is cen-

poverty. tried to

sured as

proved unable to accomplish

having

it;

its

barren inflexibility being the obstacle that prevented every higher aesthetical development.

And when

the humanist

boasts of the classic art of old Hellas, the Greek Church

of the then

by

and

Byzantian,

Calvinism

Rome

of

its

Gotic Cathedral,

looked upon as standing perplexed

is

the painful charge of having lessened the fulness of

human

accusation, higJier

such this

both

Now

life.

I

in

opposition to this thoroughly unfair

maintain,

that for the very reason of

principle Calvinism

was not allowed

an architectural style of

its

own.

I

to

its

develop

was bound

in

connection to put architecture to the front, because in classic

and

in so-called Christian

art the abso-

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Calvinism - pagina 198

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