Transcendence – Lost and Found?
Since the Romantic period, painters have, by and large, no longer made use of traditional Christian iconography to express transcendence. Painters have sought new, personal ways to express the theme and create the experience. Vermeer, Rothko, Caspar David Friedrich, Miro – all of these in their work often seem to reach for the unattainable. Do they reach for the same thing? Can transcendence be found in an atheistic context? Is transcendence in art the perquisite only of the elite of the elite, or does it, potentially, go wider?
Neil Reeder, Notes on Transcendence
Roger Scruton’s essay on Beauty