There is a very interesting post at NLM today by David Clayton about the interplay of painting technique and theology in the creation (or should that be “subcreation”) of sacred art.
In sum, the writer brings in the point that one technique of painting (yes, I know people say “writing”) icons is to apply first the darker layers and proceed with increasingly brighter layers to demonstrate a theological point: light over comes darkness.
But there’s more to it than that. Apparently that is not how earlier icons were painted.
Do those who make vestments have to stitch theologically? Is it enough, or even necessary, to pray while making them? How about making Hosts for Mass? Should musicians bang, blow and scrape theologically? Is there a theological bowing technique? Should members of a schola cantorum breathe in a more theologically appropriate way?
Mind you, there could be a difference between theological and prayerful.
Does the process matter?
In the final analysis, do I care if the workers who build my church prayed, or raised the walls brick by brick, in a way that was theologically apt for the wall?
Check out the NLM article.