|El Paso's Scottsdale Baptist Church--no art in sight. |
But take note of the projection screen and the unlimited creative potential it represents.
|Even when religious art finds its way into |
the home, there is a difference between
Protestant and Catholic art. Protestant art
tends to center on words.
|Catholic homes tend to feature iconographic|
art not unlike that found in their churches.
Today, I might add, the reverse is also true. The arts no longer need the church. Relatively speaking, wealth is spread much more evenly today than in the ancient past. The wealthy, even the middle classes, can and will pay adequate sums to add color and excitement to their places of work and rest. More importantly, the art of painting and sculpture, can no longer deliver to the church the audience it once did in the past when it was the primary, perhaps the sole visual form of communication with the masses. Support for the arts is now institutionalized (for better or worse), or commercialized, as in film, music, television, and now, the Internet. The painter is left with his primary source of patronage being private individuals, needing the quiet repose of interior decoration to enrich their tired, hyperactive, logged-in lives.