The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Roots of Sentimentalism
If you want to know the origins of smarmy, over-sentimental Sunday-school art, look no farther than the Pre-Raphaelites. You can get an excellent intro to this tragic development from this article in Books & Culture on William Holman Hunt. The huge popularity of Hunt's "The Light of the World" demonstrates just how lame 19th century pietism had become in the western church.

We live with the results still. (Think: Thomas Kinkade).