Art, Truth and Time

Art, Truth and Time

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Essays in Art

Sister Anselma Scollard OSB

ISBN: 9781912147533

Binding: hardback

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Art, Truth and Time is a book which endeavours to show that artistic creation depends as much upon the body, as it does the soul, and the soul’s intelligent use of the body’s way of understanding. When there occurs a complete disjunction between the two, as occurs in much of contemporary art, art is stripped of its inherent beauty, its wholeness. In this book the author considers the nature of art from its earliest manifestations to the present day, endeavouring to show that its truth transcends time and place through the unity of soul and body and man’s awareness of this unity, not a barren unity, but a unity which is profoundly creative.


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.