About the Arts

Gift from the Statue O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. – Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words

Can you paint upon the page of the world the ideal pictures of the Celestial Concourse? The pictures which are in the ideal world are eternal. I wish you to become such an artist. Man can paint those ideal picures upon the tablet of existence with the brush of deeds.
The holy, divine Manifestations are all heavenly artists. Upon the canvas of creation, with the brush of their deeds and lives they paint immortal pictures which cannot be found in any art museum of Europe or America. But you find the masterpieces of these spiritual artists in the hearts.
– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. V, p. 149

Importance of the Arts in Teaching the Faith

Compilation on the Arts

Arts and Architecture

Arts and Crafts

Networking Our Vision of the Core Concepts in Art

If a man* engageth with all his power in the acquisition of a science or in the perfection of an art, it is as if he has been worshipping God in churches and temples. Thus as thou enterest a school of agriculture and strivest in the acquisition of that science thou art day and night engaged in acts of worship – acts that are accepted at the threshold of the Almighty. What bounty greater than this that science should be considered as an act of worship and art as service to the Kingdom of God.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 126, pp. 144-45
* [man or woman]
The Persian language is gender neutral.

Massive Art Quotations Resource

Image (C)Copyright by Cary Enoch Reinstein
Klimova and Ponamarenko, Olympic Gold Medalists – photographed 1996 at the Tacoma Dome. This began as a low light photograph and ended up as a digital media painting.

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