Art, Aesthetics, and Idolatry (Part 1)

  • Western culture promotes the development of and appreciation for the arts. These broadly encompass:
  • (i) the visual arts - painting, sculpture, photography, film and perhaps also including architecture and design;
  • (ii) the performing arts - music, theatre, dance, opera, mime; and
  • (iii) the literary arts - poetry, prose, drama.
  • Torah thought has much to say about each of these three areas and we will be’H look at them in future shiurim.
  • In this and the following shiurim we will focus solely on art and sculpture, first from a hashkafic and then from a halachic perspective.