Page 2, 7th August 1953

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Page 2, 7th August 1953 — CHURCH ART

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Common sense Views

StR,-It was very refreshing to read the common sense view of Church Art taken by J. T. H. this week. If it comes to that, 1 think most of the mass-produced statues are not so bad as is made out. St. Antony and St. Therese, for instance, as we usually know them, are not "good art," but at least they are not offensive. They have only to be compared with the shockingly sentimental Sacred Hearts (especially oleographs) or St. Gerard Majella, with his eyes -piously" cast heavenwards, for their lack of any positive bad qualities to appear. Or one can compare the really awful Italian picture of St. Maria Goretti with the sensible statue of her with a peasant scarf over her head. At any rate one knows St. Antony (for example) when one sees him, which would not be the case if each statue was a new creation.

to a statue which obviously is not the I personally find it easier to pray saint portrayed, and to supply the deficiencies by imagination, than to pray to a picture so perfect it might he the saint himself-except in pictures from life. Perhaps that is why St. Bernadette found that a Byzantine picture represented "her Lady" more than more natural pictures.

D. A. Cameron-Brown. Walberswick,

Suffolk. •

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