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Art or Porn? July 15, 2010

Filed under: Books,God thoughts — Lacey @ 4:54 pm

And as a continuation to my last post, I wanted to share some more interesting comments Ravi Zacharias made about the argument whether there is a difference between art and pornography.

“My first thought was of Michelangelo, who, when he began to paint unclothed people, was sternly challenged by his instructor, asking him why he wanted to do this. Caught off guard for a moment, Michelangelo replied, “I want to see man as God sees man.”
The instructor’s wry smile was followed by his stern rejoinder, “But you are not God.”
There is a world of thought in that caution that warns artists to rethink the self-aggrandizement behind their aesthetic endeavors. Art does not have a sovereignty over morality but dares to assign to itself that privilege. Sinister minds, whether or not they are artistic, cannot whitewash evil by renaming it.

…Granted, in some cases there is no difference between art and pornography, not because art is the same as pornography, but because some art is nothing more than pornography masquerading as aesthetics in the name of art. But here is the point. If an artist seeks to portray the unclothed human body as art while actually bringing to that rendering his or her own lustful and vile intentions, the unworthy motive of an artist cannot be denounced by the unthinking canvas. The canvas cannot come to the artist and say, “Stop.” But by contrast, the undisguised purpose of pornography is erotic and seductive. One would like to hope that the unclad individual, used as such bait in the marketing of her flesh for the sensually insatiable, would raise her hands in embarrassment, saying, “Stop, please don’t do this to me.” But that does not happen. Such objections are not forthcoming because when secularism has spawned its offspring, it produces a loss of a sense of shame.”

I have always been bothered by nude paintings and sculptures. I personally do not see the “beauty” in such things. And as far as I understand, so called “art” still tempts or bothers guys (at least honest ones…who admit it), the same as modern porn. I always figured that those ancient art forms were the porn of that day. I know Seth always diverts his eyes when nude art comes onto the screen during movies or if we run into somewhere. Why is it that nude paintings or sculptures are often in the background of key parts of movies? I doubt its a coincidence. And I wouldn’t have noticed it except for Seth’s response.

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