Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 103

  27th March 1942, midday Jewish influence on German art —Painting in Germany.   It’s striking to observe that in 1910 our artistic level was still extraordinarily high. Since that time, alas! our decadence has merely become accentuated. In the field of painting, for example, it’s enough to recall the lamentable daubs that people have…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 143

  30th June 1942, at dinner War as an inspiration in art— reform of the Art Academies.   This war is stimulating the artistic sense much more than the last war. The works of the artists whom I have recalled from the front after a year or two in the field bear the hall-mark of…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 186

  13th June 1943, evening The French painters—The great artistic achievements of the nineteenth century were German—Architecture in Munich.   I cannot make up my mind to buy a picture by a French painter, because I am not sure of the dividing line between what I understand and what I do not understand. I have…

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Alex Linder vs. Hunter Wallace

Editor’s note: The following exchange between Alex Linder and Brad Griffin (a.k.a. Hunter Wallace) has been excerpted froma long thread on Vanguard News Network forum: Brad Griffin said… I don’t believe that Jews are 100% to blame for our situation. I believe there are many factors involved and that reducing it to the Jewish Question…

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Civilisation’s “The Light of Experience”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some excerpts of “The Light of Experience,” the eight chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: I am in Holland not only because Dutch painting is a visible expression of this change of mind [the revolution that replaced divine authority by experience,…

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Civilisation’s “Grandeur and Obedience”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some indented excerpts of “Grandeur and Obedience,” the seventh chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, and my brief comment. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: In my previous post criticizing Erasmus I mentioned how the modern mind is too coward to approach the main psychosis of Christendom,…

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Civilisation’s “Protest and Communication”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some indented excerpts of “Protest and Communication,” the sixth chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, after which I offer my comments. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: The dazzling summit of human achievement represented by Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci lasted for less than twenty years.…

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Civilisation’s “The Hero as Artist”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some indented excerpts of “The Hero as Artist,” the fifth chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, after which I offer my comments. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: In the Middle Ages men had been crushed by this [ancient Roman] gigantic scale. They said that these buildings…

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Civilisation’s “Man—the Measure of all Things”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some indented excerpts of “Man—the Measure of all Things,” the fourth chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, after which I offer my comments. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: The Pazzi Chapel, built by the great Florentine Brunellesco in about 1430, is in a style that has…

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