The Artist As Theologian

The genius of Christian humanism

A baby, not an angel. Raphael, Madonna with the Blue Diadem, ca 1510 (courtesy Musée du Louvre)

Augustine and Origen and Thomas were extraordinary Christian scholars, but I’m convinced that Renaissance artists possessed a more truthful understanding of the faith. I would locate the pinnacle of Christian philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, when the most important theologians were painters, sculptors, and authors, not academicians.