The mission of the CLAA Music & Culture resources is to answer the call made so eloquently by Pope Benedict XVI in the words above.
The Holy Father, in an address made to the Pontifical Council for Culture spoke to our generation about the dangers of the pursuit of beauty divorced from truth and goodness, calling the pursuit "a flight into an artificial paradise that masks inner emptiness".
Reflect on those words. It is a dramatic illustration.
Catholics enjoy the richest treasury of music, art and culture. History's most enchanting music, most beautiful artwork and most breathtaking architecture are the fruit of knowledge of truth and goodness. In fact, one of the strongest arguments for the truth of the Catholic faith is its beauty.
TRUE, GOOD & BEAUTIFUL
The study of art must begin at the Vatican Museums. Where else in the world might we expect to find Truth, Goodness and Beauty together and eager for visitors? We will begin in the most popular spot: the Sistine Chapel.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Read the Story of the Sistine Chapel here. Then answer the following questions.
1. Who painted the Sistine Chapel?
2. When was the Sistine Chapel painted?
3. What three themes are painted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel?
4. What theme is painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
5. What theme is painted on the altar wall?
6. What most important event is celebrated in the Sistine Chapel?
Send your answers and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour The SistIne Chapel
After you've read the story of the Sistine Chapel, enjoy a Virtual Tour. The Vatican Museum provides an interactive tour that allows you to look around and zoom in on individual works, while reading about each piece of work in the museum.