The Sacred in the Visual Arts

Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 1:239-246 (2008)
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Abstract

The earliest preoccupations of human beings show close interconnections and parallel developments between the world of the sacred and the world of art. The sacred has been the important aspect of human life since the dawn of humanity, often seen as awesome and extraordinary, to be feared and revered at the sametime, while the evolution of artistic expression can be traced to its beginning in the spiritual world of the sacred. This paper proposes to discuss some of the prevailing theories that define the sacred and its representation in the visual arts.

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