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Art (ars)

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In the fifth window, we discover Art as the intellectual virtue of realizing the image of God as a capacity for creative imagination, knowing how to create, mold, fashion, and transform. The window depicts Bezalel, the chief craftsman and artisan of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord tells Moses concerning Bezalel, "And I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and bronze" (Ex. 31:3-4). One of the greatest of all Christian poets, the Italian Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), shows in his extraordinary poem The Divine Comedy how both classical literature (e.g., Virgil) and Christian spiritual writings (e.g., St. Bernard of Clairvaux) can assist us in our journey toward a personal realization of the ultimate source of true human happiness, God (to whom he is directed by Beatrice). He also teaches us to pray that we not be found among those who have "lost the good of intellect."

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Intellectual Virtues