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JANUARY – JUNE.
ART. I. THE RELATION OF ROMAN CATHO
LICISM AND PROTESTANTISM TO THE FINE
Des Beaux Arts en Italie au point de vue religeux : Lettres écrites
de Rome, Naples, Pise, * &c., et suivies d'un Appendice sur l'Iconographie de l'Immaculée Conception. Par Ath. Coquerel, fils, Pasteur Suffragant de l'Eglise Réformée de Paris. Paris :
Joël Cherbuliez, Editeur, 10, Rue de la Monnaie. 1857. ROMAN CATHOLICS have always boasted that their religion has been uniformly and exclusively favourable to the growth and development of the Fine Arts, and have stigmatized Protestantism as a cold, barbarous, and tasteless religion, because she has not yet been able to furnish as long and as eminent a list of great painters and sculptors as that which graces the bright annals of Italian Art. This reproach Protestants have too easily received, and too quietly borne. They have allowed themselves to be dazzled by an imposing list of great names, without inquiring how much of their greatness was owing to their religion; they have listened to the instances in which the Church of Rome has, undoubtedly, aided the progress of the Fine Arts, without thinking of those in which she has dictated their direction, and cramped their energies. If, however, they would take the trouble to investigate, instead of taking for granted the self-sufficient assertions of their antagonists, they would speedily find that they are far too sweeping and general
, and that much prejudice and not a little falsehood are mixed up in the allegations so triumphantly advanced and so confidently relied upon. We might refer to the history of the past for a refutation of the exclusive claims of Rome. We might cite