In modern times, ugly paintings, sculptures, and collections of items have been hailed as the best art produced today. You and I always knew they were not beautiful, but ugly, and that they could not be “art” as we understand it: a reflection of beauty, a facet of God’s nature. One of my favorite art websites is helping to restore the definition of beautiful art. Visit the Art Renewal Center, the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive masterworks image collection.
Another twist to the twisted modern redefinition of art is the practice of taking the truly beautiful masters, stripping them of their moral and biblical themes, and assigning degrading politically correct themes to them. A new book released last month helps debunk the nonsense. The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art by Roger Kimball “shows how academic art history is increasingly held hostage to radical cultural politics—feminism, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, the whole armory of academic anti-humanism. To make his point, Kimball shows how eight famous works of art have been made over to fit a radical ideological fantasy. Kimball then performs a series of intellectual rescue operations, showing how these great works should be understood through a series of illuminating readings in which art, not politics, guides the discussion.”