Jewish atheist lauds Christian masterpiece

This column by Mike Marqusee in the Guardian is well-worth perusing. I was made aware of the story via Iconia. Marqusee is a self-proclaimed “art-loving Jewish atheist” who shares his thoughts on the relatively obscure Isenheim altarpiece in Colmar, France.


For those interested, I’ll let you read for yourself his praise of the artwork by following the above link to the article. I bring the story up here to point out to artists and Christians how powerful art can be and often is. I hope this is encouraging to artists of faith who often lack support from either their own peers in the Church or the art community at large, having to go it alone in essence. I hope the knowledge of how Grunewald’s 600 year old work impressed upon a traveler — with little or no interest (I’m assuming this based on the author’s self-professed atheism) in the faith or people portrayed — spurs Christian painters and sculptors on in their faith and their art.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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  1. Pingback: Art as a bridge between cultures & what this means for the Church « The Aesthetic Elevator

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