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Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookArt as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom
8 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In the ancient holy Mysteries, science, art and religion formed a unity that offered direction and spiritual nourishment to the various cultures of the past. In Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom, Rudolf Steiner shows how these aspects of life can again be united through concrete spiritual knowledge.

However, as Marie Steiner indicates in her introduction, science, art, and religion all require new understanding and rejuvenation. Art cannot be renewed through compromise with its decadent manifestations — it will be renewed only by returning to the spiritual springs of life.

As she says: The remedy lies in unlocking the wisdom of the Mysteries and presenting it to humanity in a form adapted to contemporary needs. In these wide-ranging lectures, Steiner offers spiritual modern insight into the world of the arts.

His themes include: the relation of art to technology the moral experience of the worlds of colour and music the legendary Norwegian Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson the relationship between the various arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and eurythmy and the aspects of the human being.


Trans: P. Wehrle, J. Collis (8 Lectures, Dornach 28 Dec 1914 to 4 Jan 1915, GA275); 186pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 978-1-85584-236-6; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.
 


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