Thursday, November 20, 2008


Sebastiano Ricci [1659-1734], Solomon's Idolatry

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 
- Book of Exodus 20:4

"This particular command resonates, because images became the symbol of the great confidence trick, which the old Roman Catholic Church had played. It had got people to spend money on these things. It had got people to direct worship towards the statue instead of the divine thing behind it, and that became the great blasphemy."
- Diarmaid MacCulloch [born 1951]

Iconoclasm, Greek for "image-breaking", is the deliberate destruction within a culture of the culture's own religious icons and other symbols or monuments.

"Destruction of art under the banner of religious fundamentalism."