Spirit and Art : Pictures of the Transformation of Consciousness, Paperback / softback Book

Spirit and Art : Pictures of the Transformation of Consciousness Paperback / softback


"As an art student in the late sixties, I recall how painfully dry and intellectual my art history classes were.

I thought to myself, or rather felt to myself, 'There must be something more'" (Van James).

Artist Van James offers that something more. This is a richly readable and lavishly illustrated text that reveals how, at every stage, human consciousness has evolved through the medium of art.

It makes the case for a hidden stream that has put forth art works and art movements throughout history, in an ongoing visible revelation of invisible spiritual currents.

Art, originally a part of the secret Mystery cults of the ancient world, has become an expression of the individual creative intuition.

At every stage, Albert Einstein's comment applies: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and science."


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, colour plates and over 200 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
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  • Category: Theory of art
  • ISBN: 9780880104975



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