Sacred art as the highest manifestation of a person’s spiritual worldview

UDC 2-5:7

Natalya Shelkovaya

Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, Severodonetsk.

ORCID ID 0000-0001-7303-0719

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Keywords: sacred art, symbol, Christian sacred art, Muslim sacred art, painting of Chan Buddhism, Emptiness, God, unity.

Abstract. The article is devoted to the problem of the formation of a spiritual worldview, the spiritualization of a person, a meeting with the sacred world, God, which is very relevant in the modern technogenic world, through communication with the sacred art, which has its own symbolic language, its own characteristic for each religion, signs that are important for a person as a spiritual, in its main essence, being. The author reveals the nature of sacred art, compares attitudes towards it in the Middle Ages and in our time, reveals the deep symbols of sacred architecture and painting in Christianity, sacred architecture in Islam, and painting in Chan Buddhism.

A comparative analysis of the symbols of the sacred art of these religions showed the profound unity of their main ideas: the idea of creating the world in the Void (Creatio ex Nihilo), the idea of the creation of the world by Light, the idea of the manifestation of the Word of God in Christianity and Islam; revealed the common goal of the sacred art of these religions – unity with God, the spiritual world, nature by getting rid of their egoistic subjectivity; discovered a similarity in the creative process of an icon painter in Christianity and an artist in Chan Buddhism and led to conclusions about the synonymy of the concepts of God in Christianity, Allah in Islam and Emptiness in Buddhism.

Author Biography.

Natalya Shelkovaya, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Associate Professor, Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, Severodonetsk.

shelkovaya@snu.edu.ua

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Published:

Vol 20 No 2 (2021).

Section: MUSEOLOGY AND PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE.