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Unearthly Beauty

Cardinal John Henry Newman is recognized as one of the foremost intellectual figures of the nineteenth century. A prolific writer, with over forty major works published, he is well known as a theologian, philosopher, educational theorist and poet. His mind, however, was also informed by other arts – music, architecture, sculpture and painting. In this significant new book, Fr Guy Nicholls, a member of the same Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham that Newman himself founded, examines for the first time in a detailed study the aesthetic that inspired Newman. He looks at Newman’s own musical compositions and the music of great composers that influenced him; at the churches that Newman built, at their furnishing and decoration, and the European and British buildings which he used as points of reference; at painting and landscape that was important to his development.

 

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Cardinal John Henry Newman is recognized as one of the foremost intellectual figures of the nineteenth century. A prolific writer, with over forty major works published, he is well known as a theologian, philosopher, educational theorist and poet. His mind, however, was also informed by other arts – music, architecture, sculpture and painting. In this significant new book, Fr Guy Nicholls, a member of the same Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham that Newman himself founded, examines for the first time in a detailed study the aesthetic that inspired Newman. He looks at Newman’s own musical compositions and the music of great composers that influenced him; at the churches that Newman built, at their furnishing and decoration, and the European and British buildings which he used as points of reference; at painting and landscape that was important to his development.