Divine Beauty Reflected: Comparison of Aesthetics of Church and Mosque with Special Regard to Conceptions of Christianity and Islam



Rok publikování 2014
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Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Popis When accounting for differences in the artistic expression within the sacred space of Christianity and Islam, we have to turn the attention to particular religious conceptions in search for distinctions relevant for the field of art. Although the religion is not the sole way of understanding the sacred art and architecture, the aspects referring to God must have arisen from religious philosophies. The abstract Divine beauty and the concrete artistic beauty are related insomuch as the first is reflected by the latter. Thus, the aesthetical comparison of the church and the mosque and their decoration, concerning religious conceptions, allows comparing how the divine beauty is reflected within the work of art. While introducing art and architecture of one of the mentioned religions in the cultural space of the other, such general aesthetical comparison seems to be a more effective way than an all-embracing exposition of theory and history of particular sacred art. This aesthetical comparison can represent an imaginary but solid cornerstone, upon which subsequently a temple of comprehensive understanding the sacred art of unknown religion and its culture space is built up.
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