Art, Truth and Time

Art, Truth and Time


Essays in Art

Sister Anselma Scollard OSB

ISBN: 9781912147533

Binding: hardback

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Expected publication: October, 2018

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This book is lightning from a clear sky.

For one who has spent many years contemplating the vastaterra which is the landscape of contemporary art, the words of the writer – clear, lucid, limpid as a summer stream – offer hope and consolation.

Here is a vision of art which is supremely sane, lit with the light of heaven which can be touched with our fingers, called by St Thomas Aquinas organa organorum, the tool of tools, then held close in the dizzy course of time so that truth might be known in our world.

This book should be read by all those who care about the fate of art in our times.

About the author:

Sr. Anselma Scollard O.S.B. is a Benedictine contemplative nun of St. Cecilia’s Abbey Ryde, Isle of Wight. The Abbey belongs to the Congregation of Solesmes, France. She has a double degree in Philosophy and sculpture from the University of California, where she studied Aesthetics with Albert Hofstadter. She has an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, with a special interest in Aesthetics. Before entering St. Cecilia’s, she held a senior lectureship in Sculpture, during which time she travelled extensively in Italy studying the History of Art of the Quattrocentro and Renaissance periods, and in France, where her particular interest was in the sculpture and bas reliefs of early Medieval cathedrals and churches; during this period, she took a Certificat des Etudes Francaises. However, her interest in the history of the art of the past has always been in conjunction with a concern for the art of the present and the continuity between the two. At St. Cecilia’s her practical work in sculpture has evolved into an interest in architectural landscape, the making and designing of furniture, various garden structures, and a corresponding attention to ornamental trees and their situation in a monastic setting. She continues to write on aesthetic matters and the connection between art and religion.