Why Beauty Matters - Por que a beleza importa

Why Beauty Matters - Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives.

Hirst's Shark

How modern art became trapped by its urge to shock

Two people looking at Damien Hirst's installation, The Kingdom, featuring a shark in formaldehyde A Point of View: Has modern art exhausted its power to shock?

People look at the painting Petites Maisons Villageoises Avec Une Vieille Femme Et Une Petite Fille by French painter Camille Corot

How do we know real art when we see it?

In the last of three pieces on art, writer and philosopher Roger Scruton tries to define the elements which make a great work of art.

Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog"

The strangely enduring power of kitsch

Modern art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch, but time and again it is drawn back to its lure, says Roger Scruton.

Can An Atheist Really Get Dante?

Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of Dante, tempera on canvas, x cm, Private Collection. Source Dante Alighieri was a Florentine poet of the Middle Ages/very early Renaissance.

The liturgical art of the Orthodox Church offers the world nothing less than a vision of the Kingdom of God. There can be no higher calling for art than this. Liturgical art is the combined effort of apostles and theologians, hymnographers and composers, architects and painters, all manner of...

The liturgical art of the Orthodox Church offers the world nothing less than a vision of the Kingdom of God. There can be no higher calling for art than this. Liturgical art is the combined effort …

My Bed

ROGER SCRUTON: Why sordid art like Emin's has led to a cult of ugliness

Brooklyn Museum: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Tracey Emin

'The kitsch work of art is not a response to the real world, but a fabrication designed to replace it.' Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

High culture is being corrupted by a culture of fakes

'The kitsch work of art is not a response to the real world, but a fabrication designed to replace it.' Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

For one critic, the dearth of spirituality in art is a problem of biblical proportions.

God is Great

Self-described 'dissident feminist' Paglia, believes that attempts to deny the biological distinctions between men and women is to blame for the much that is wrong with modern society

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