What is it about?
We also subscribe to the philosophia perennis, the view of the artist inherent among all traditional societies, from Neolithic man to Christendom: that the artist is one who “makes” rather than one who “creates.” Poet, sculptor, architect, and painter, indeed the practitioner of any craft, “works with givens, the stuff of creation” (Darius Lecesne). Such an artist recognizes the givenness of his or her own being as “intellectual soul incarnate” (Marion Montgomery) and is aware that he or she imitates the Creator in a very indicative way: that is, he or she “manufactures,” in the old sense of the word, things (e.g. poems, paintings, wood carvings, furniture, tapestries). “If the work is beautiful, then God is praised, for phenomenal beauty invariably points to transcendent beauty, and hence to beauty’s source, God Himself” (Darius Lecesne). As Jacques Maritain observed, when we “experience beauty” it leaves us with the residue of both our ancient stain and our hope, “a longing for a more perfect Beauty” (Darius Lecesne).