Has Today’s Art Lost Its Soul?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Raphael, The Transfiguration, 1520 (Wikimedia Commons | Raphael)

Any youngster who loves to draw knows the wonder of creating worlds limited only by their own imagination. Creating artwork is a sort of metaphysical creation of grasping what is beyond the world of perception, and representing it through various artforms such as drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Most cultures, historically, held gods to be the highest, most perfect metaphysical manifestations and set their sights on trying to represent them through artwork, in order to impart certain values in their societies. One could say that the representation of gods is the soul of art.

The tradition goes back millennia and extends to almost all civilizations in history—from ancient Babylon to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, from the Early Christian period to the Renaissance and beyond … that is, until modern times when something