From Artwork to Place: Finding the Voices of Moreelse, Bacon and Beuys at the Hermeneutical Intersection of Culture and Nature

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This essay investigates the correlation between theological investigations of culture and those of the natural world. A fruitful question emerges when reflecting on how theological thinking resides between these subjects: how does our theological reflection on art meaningfully inform our consideration of nature? The path to exploring this question takes the form of questioning three different works of art: Willem Moreelse'sA Portrait of a Scholar, Francis Bacon'sLandscape, and Joseph Beuys'Lightning with Stag in Its Glare. Exploring the interconnection between these works, a hermeneutical mediation between art, place, and the spiritual is suggested.

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