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Outer Beauty Inner Joy

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Praise for Outer Beauty, Inner Joy

It’s time to move on and focus on those things we have neglected: art, beauty, and the union of humanism and religion. I would urge the reader to read the book carefully. think about the words you read and take time with the images. there is the possibility for new life here, for finding a way out of the dehumanizing philosophies that control our world.

— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

In the Renaissance, art was intended to have both body, visual aesthetics, and soul, philosophical insight. too often modern art histories praise the body but ignore the soul. Julianne Davidow has resouled Renaissance art.

— Robert M. Place, author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

Outer Beauty, Inner Joy is in itself a work of art — a brilliant interweaving of quotes and original text, art and architecture, and some of the most beautiful photography of Italy’s treasures that I have ever seen.

— Roy Doliner, co-author, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Hidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

We need the Renaissance today as never before. After a century in which art has celebrated ugliness, we should assert our divine right to live and create with beauty. Beset by religious manias, we would do well to return to the generous syncretism of the Neoplatonists. Julianne Davidow’s book shows this dual path as plainly as can be, with images of beauty that feed the imagination and philosophic sayings that resonate in the intellect. Her commentaries bridge the centuries to make these Renaissance Italians our contemporaries and our guides to a saner way of being.

— Joscelyn Godwin, author of The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance

A beautiful, exhilarating book that integrates the inspiration of Renaissance art with its philosophy.

— Richard Smoley, author, The Dice Game of Shiva and Inner Christianity