Art is God’s idea


Engaging with Painting - Margaret Wilson

A window upon the world. Engaging with painting

by Margaret Wilson
Cambridge Papers volume 11, number 3, September 2002
Visual creativity is valued in the Bible as an important aspect of human flourishing.
Art engages the mind, intuition and imagination; it communicates, provokes and
reveals. Painting, in particular, has aesthetic dimensions like shape, colour and
composition, and meaningful ones, representing objects, dealing in imagery and
revealing underlying belief-systems. By the use of examples, this paper suggests
several ways of looking at painting, including engaging in an analysis of Cézanne’s
Mont Sainte Victoire. It concludes that painting is of immense value, both as an aspect
of the proper enjoyment of creation, and as a means of communication from and with
the surrounding culture.