Art and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God – an evening with Anthony Esolen – full audio

Professor Antony Esolen of Providence College addressed a full house at his Art of the Beautiful lecture last Saturday, presented at the Catholic Center at NYU and co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute. (Full audio below)

Anthony Esolen lecture photo

Photo: Joel Pidel

In his lecture, entitled Art and the Glorious Liberty of the Children of God, Professor Esolen clearly articulates and answers essential questions about the nature and purpose of art and the work of the artist, as well as art’s relation to the human soul and to civilization itself. Professor Esolen refers to Dante, Shakespeare and to two extraordinary works of art found in New Bedford, MA.

Special thanks to Father Austin Litke, OP and the CAS members and volunteers who helped organize the evening!

You can listen to the full lecture and Q&A by clicking on the sound file below…

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Love and Artistic Genesis: An evening with Anthony Esolen – Saturday, January 25th, 7.30pm

The Art of the Beautiful series returns on Saturday, January 25th with Professor Anthony Esolen’s presentation – Love and Artistic Genesis.

Professor Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College in Rhode Island.

A senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, he writes regularly for Touchstone, First Things, Catholic World Report, Magnificat, This Rock, and Latin Mass.

His most recent books are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press, 2010), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008) and Ironies of Faith (ISI Press, 2007); his Commentary on the Roman Missal is now available from Magnificat Press (see below to order). Professor Esolen is the translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy (3 volumes, Random House), Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered (Johns Hopkins University Press), and Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things (Johns Hopkins University Press).

The lecture will be at the Catholic Center at NYU, 238 Thompson Street, between Washington Square North and W. 3rd.

The series is co-sponsored by the CAS and the Thomistic Institute.