Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Paul R. Valliere


Different works of art are used for a variety of purposes, with a multitude of intentions behind them. One of the most important distinctions in the world of art is secular art versus sacred art. Secular art can express the opinions of many different types of people, and it can be used for several things. Secular art "reflects the personality of the artist. It is something like the materialization of his thought and his vision of the world" (Quenot 71). Sacred art, on the other hand, has a more focused intention and use. Sacred art serves a different purpose, one that is tied into the doctrinal and theological thrust of the tradition from which it comes. It is a spiritual exercise, not only an aesthetic one, to make and to view sacred art.

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