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On the first terrace of Purgatory proper, the pilgrim Dante looks up and looks down and sees art everywhere, art so grand that it surpasses the nature that, in Dante’s Aristotelian world, art was supposed to reflect.  He soon realizes that the art is there not merely to showcase the greatness of the sculptor but to provide an education, an emblem for contemplation and an occasion to imagine life without the burden of pride. To be sure that’s one story we can tell about art and the life of the soul, but art here among the living does an array of other things, and an art historian like Dr. Heidi Hornik stands to teach us a great deal about the other stories that painting and sculpture and architecture inhabit.  Today she’s joining us to talk about her recent book The Art of Christian Reflection from Baylor University Press.

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