OBJECTIVE: TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN SEE BEAUTY EVERYWHERE
"Pictures are primarily intended for pure aesthetic joy, and it is a thousand pities to assume a didactic tone in showing them to children. Let them be, like the stories we tell, among their dearest delights. Above all things else we must avoid mechanical methods of instruction as the most deadly blight to the imagination. We cannot be too careful lest the child's perception be dulled by prosaic influence, or his taste vitiated by unworthy material. For the imagination is the key by which we unlock the doors of beauty. While the divine gift is still unspoiled, the child is most keenly alive to the joys of life."
IX: Pleasures/Benefit of Art Study (pp 1-8)
IX: Early Christian Art (pp 9-21)
IX: Art of Illumination (pp 101-109)
X: American Painting (pp 207-246)
The Story of the Catacombs
Christian Art and Archaeology
Monuments of the Early Church
Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages
John Van Dyke
"You must look at pictures studiously, earnestly, honestly. It will take years before you come to a full appreciation of art; but when at last you have it, you will be possessed of one of the purest, loftiest, and most ennobling pleasures that the civilized world can offer you."
"When we see ordinary things we see only with our eyes, but, when we see works of art we see with our hearts."
Dr. Rich Melheim
"The human ear can process up to 10,000 bits of information per second (bps) at maximum bandwidth. The human eye can process up to 7 billion bps. Neurologically speaking, a picture is not worth a thousand words. It is worth 700,000 words."
"Never lose an opportunity to see anything beautiful. Beauty is God's handwriting."