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L’art sacré, un art impossible

Abstract : The crisis of sacred art is not cyclical, it stems for its very intrinsic constitutional tension between art’s own intention and the will to reflect the word of God. Through an examination of the Christian notion of Sacred, we aim here to show how art provides a path toward understanding the sacred differently than as a value or as a category. In return, however, the sacred offers a path to understanding that art is not an image. As such sacred art is an impossible art in so much as it does not aim to represent « possibles » determined by man, but to act as mediator between God and Man and between men. The incarnation is thus the truth of sacred art which needs to ceaselessly seek new paths as it is a fundamental liturgical act. Sacred art does not represent, it reminds men of the mission of being, which is a mission common to all.
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Emmanuel Housset. L’art sacré, un art impossible. Revue des sciences philosophiques et theologiques, Vrin, 2016, Varia, t. 100 (2), pp.249-275. ⟨10.3917/rspt.1002.0249⟩. ⟨hal-02147329⟩

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