Brian Wallheimer | October 16, 2020
Anyone interested in Michaelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel could pull them up on a computer screen in a matter of seconds. They could take time and view details impossible for most Vatican visitors to see from afar and in the limited time they have in the chapel.
Still, a digital image of The Creation of Adam doesn’t tend to stir the soul in the same way as looking up at it while standing in the same room where popes have been elected and some of the world’s most famous artists have left their marks. The context matters.
Notre Dame theology and psychology faculty will extrapolate on that idea thanks to a $230,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust for an 18-month project titled “Understanding the Enduring Impact of Encounters with Sacred Art on Individual Spiritual Reality.”
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