Art and Architecture

  1. Art and Scholasticism, by Jacques Maritain, Translated by Joseph W. Evans. Available at Internet Archive. May be read online at Jacques Maritain Center. Art, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Theology.
  2. Art in the Early Church, by Walter Lowrie (Pantheon Books, 1947). Available at Internet Archive.
  3. Beauty: a Study in Philosophy, by Aloysius Rother, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo., London: B. Herder, 1917). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  4. Communio: International Catholic Review, vol. 33, no. 4, Art and Image (Winter 2006). The following may be downloaded in PDF format through this page of Communio: ”Truth and the Christian Imagination: The Reformation of Causality and the Iconoclasm of the Spirit”, by D. C. Schindler and “Toward a Theology of the Suffering Body”, by José Granados.
  5. History of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, by Archbishop John M. Farley (New York: Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1908). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  6. “John Paul II’s Letter to Artists and the Force of Beauty”, by James Matthew Wilson, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Volume 18, Number 1 (Winter 2015): pp. 46-70. Available online at Project Muse and at Questia (both accessible to subscribers only). With a review and excerpts in “Beauty and Reality”, by Rod Dreher (September 29, 2015) at The American Conservative.
  7. Letter to Artists, by Pope St. John Paul II (4 April 1999). Subtitled: “To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new ‘epiphanies’ of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world”. May be read online on this page of the EWTN Libraries (linked from this page of Ignitum Today); at the Holy See (linked from this page of the Institute of Catholic Culture); on this page of JP2 Love; and on this pageof The Foundation for Sacred Arts. Excerpts of the Letter are read out in “Pope John Paul II’s ‘Letter to Artists’”, (published April 21, 2014) at the JPCatholic Youtube channel, which may also be viewed on this page of Xt3; and on this page, which has a brief essay by Monique Ocampo, at the John Paul II Foundation.
  8. The Nature and Characteristics of Literature: A Lecture Delivered Before the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, in the Catholic University, by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (Dublin: Printed by John F. Fowler, 1858). Available at Internet Archive.
  9. Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days, by Emily Hickey (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow: Sands & Co., 1910). Available on Project Gutenberg.
  10. Religious art in France, XIII century; a study in mediaeval iconography and its sources of inspiration, by Emile Mâle, translated from the 3rd edition by Dora Nussey (London, J. M. Dent & sons, ltd.; New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1913). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Cornell University Library) with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Robarts Library, University of Toronto). A portion of the preface is reproduced at EWTN Library. [N.B., The book has been reprinted by Dover as Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century and by Harper and Row as The Gothic Image: Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century. It is beautiful and fascinating.]
  11. Sacred Architecture, Volume 1 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 1998). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the commentary “Change and Eternity” by Piotr Choynowski.
  12. Sacred Architecture, Volume 2 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Summer 1999). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the commentary “The Purpose of a Church” by Peter Grant and the review by Michael R. Carey of the book The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty:  Art, Sanctity & the Truth of Catholicism by John Saward.
  13. Sacred Architecture, Volume 3 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Winter 2000). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the commentary “Architecture and the Mystery of the Incarnation” by Peter M.J. Stravinskas and the article “Symbols in Sacred Architecture and Iconongraphy” by Camilian Demetrescu.
  14. Sacred Architecture, Volume 4 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 2000). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the commentary “On Beauty” by Ralph McInerny and the review by Christopher Carstens of the book The Renovation Manipulation:  The Church Counter-Renovation Handbook by Michael S. Rose.
  15. Sacred Architecture, Volume 5 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2001). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the articles “A Vast, Immeasurable Sanctuary: Iconography for Churches” by David T. Mayernik and “Faith-Based Land Use Planningby James M. Thunder.
  16. Sacred Architecture, Volume 6 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2002). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the articles “Relativism by Any Other Name” by Moyra Doorly and “The Future of Restoration & Renewal” by Michael S. Rose.
  17. Sacred Architecture, Volume 7 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall/Winter 2003). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the articles “Sacred Scripture and Tradition” by Jamie Hottovy and “The Sacramental Space of the Celebration” by Jean Corbon.
  18. Sacred Architecture, Volume 8 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, 2003). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the articles “House Chapels: An Expression of Catholic Identity” by William J. Turner and “The Anatomy of Sacred Art” by Anthony Visco.
  19. Sacred Architecture, Volume 9 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, 2004). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the address “Highlights of the Liturgical Renewal Initiated by Sacrosanctum Concilium” by Francis Cardinal Arinze and the article “A Last Long Look at American Sacred Architecture” by Ethan Anthony.
  20. Sacred Architecture, Volume 10 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, 2005). May be read online and downloaded in PDF format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the essay “Sacred Places: The Significance of the Church Building” by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and the article “The Eschatological Dimension of Church Architecture” by Helen Dietz.
  21. Sacred Architecture, Volume 11 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2006). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the essay “Sacred Places: The Altar and the Direction of Liturgical Prayer” by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and the article “The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Architecture and Catechesis” by Jem Sullivan.
  22. Sacred Architecture, Volume 12 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall/Winter 2006). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the essay “The Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament” by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and the review by Anne Husted Burleigh of the book A Benediction of Place: Historic Catholic Sacred Sites of Kentucky and Southern Indiana by Clyde F. Crews.
  23. Sacred Architecture, Volume 13 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, 2007). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes excerpts from the Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis by Pope Benedict XVI and the article “Don’t Blame Vatican II” by Randall Smith.
  24. Sacred Architecture, Volume 14 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 2008). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the homily “The Joy Born of Faith” by Pope Benedict XVI, the article “The Living Heart of Our Churches” by Giles R. Dimock, and the review by Roderick O’Donnell of the book A Glimpse of Heaven:  Catholic Churches of England and Wales by Christopher Martin.
  25. Sacred Architecture, Volume 15 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2009). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the discourse “All Great Works of Art are an Epiphany of God” from Pope Benedict XVI’s Dialogue in Bressanone, and the articles “Bearers of the Heavenly Jerusalem: Vatican II and Development in Church Architecture” by Denis McNamara and “Tamquam Cor in Pectore: The Eucharistic Tabernacle Before and After the Council of Trent” by Uwe Michael Lang.
  26. Sacred Architecture, Volume 16 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 2009). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the homily “Seeking the Light of True Faith” by Pope Benedict XVI, the article “The Luminosity of Peruvian Churches” by Hans S. B. Roegele, and the review by Michael Morris, O.P. of the book The Art of the Sublime: Principles of Christian Art and Architecture by Roger Homan.
  27. Sacred Architecture, Volume 17 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2010). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the address to artists by Pope Benedict XVI, the instruction on ecclesiastic art and feast days by the Maronite Patriarchate of Antioch, the article “Retro Tablum: The Origins and Role of the Altarpiece in the Liturgy” by Daniel P. DeGreve, and the review by Riccardo Vicenzino of the book Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy by Dr. Denis McNamara.
  28. Sacred Architecture, Volume 18 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 2010). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the article “Authentic Urbanism and the Neighborhood Church” by Craig S. Lewis and the review by Christopher Burgwald of the book The Beauty of Faith: How Christian Art Reveals the Good News by Jem Sullivan.
  29. Sacred Architecture, Volume 19 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2011). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the homily of Pope Benedict XVI for the dedication of Sagrada Familia, and the articles “Louis Bouyer and Church Architecture” by Uwe Michael Lang and “Barcelona Catechism” by Pablo Alvarez Funes.
  30. Sacred Architecture, Volume 20 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Fall 2011). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Among other materials, includes the address “The Splendor of Truth, the Beauty of Love” of Pope Benedict XVI for the dedication of Sagrada Familia, and the article “The Perennial Value of the Traditional Confessional” by John J. Coughlin, OFM.
  31. Sacred Architecture, Volume 21 (Institute for Sacred Architecture, Spring 2012). May be read online at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. Includes the address “Uplifting our Gaze and Spirit: Art and Prayer” by Pope Benedict XVI and the articles “A Decade of New Classicism: The Flowering of Traditional Church Architecture” by Denis McNamara and “Living Stone: The Beauty of the Liturgical Altar” by Randy L. Stice.
  32. The Spirit of the Liturgy, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), translated by John Saward (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000). The various excerpts available online are listed at the Pope Benedict XVI Fan Club. Part II, Chapter iii (“The Altar and the Direction of Liturgical Prayer”) may be read online at Ignatius Insight and Adoremus. Part III, chapter i (“The Question of Images”) may be read online at Adoremus (1st part) and Adoremus (2nd part). Part III, chapter ii (“Music and Liturgy”) is available at Ignatius Insight and Adoremus. “The Theology of Kneeling”, an excerpt from Part IV, chapter ii (“The Body and the Liturgy”), is available at Adoremus and Crossroads Initiative.
  33. The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art, by Eliza Allen Starr (Chicago, Eliza Allen Starr, 1899). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2d copy).

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