Lectures on Calvinism 11

jpegIn his Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper observes how, before Calvinism, the Dutch art did not take into account the common people, but “they only were considered worthy of notice who were superior to the common man, viz., the high world of Church and of the priests, of knights and princes.”  After Calvinism, however, “by the light of common grace it was seen that the non-churchly life was also possessed of high importance and of an all-sided art-motive.”  The “common life of man came out of its hiding-place like a new world,” signaling the “emancipation of our ordinary earthly life.”  

Lectures on Calvinism 10

jpegIn his Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper sets art and its tasks in the biblical context of redemption: “if you confess that the world once was beautiful, but by the curse has become undone, and by a final catastrophe is to pass to its full state of glory, excelling even the beautiful of paradise, then art has the mystical task of reminding us in its productions of the beautiful that was lost and of anticipating its perfect coming luster.”  This way, art “points out…both the still visible lines of the original plan, and what is even more, the splendid restoration by which the Supreme Artist and Master-Builder will one day renew and enhance even the beauty of His original creation.”

That is, art, not just the artist, testifies to the God of all creation.