Art proves that man is not mechanistic, but it does not prove that he is spiritually immortal. Art is mortal morontia, the intervening field between man, the material, and man, the spiritual. Art results from man’s attempt to escape from the lack of beauty in his material environment; it is a gesture toward the morontia level.  Angels enjoy our efforts in art.  The charm of human art consists in the harmony of its unity. 
Civilization is in danger when youth neglect to interest themselves in ethics, sociology, eugenics, philosophy, the fine arts, religion, and cosmology.  Fine arts thrive best in cities supported by an agricultural and industrial population slightly under the land-man ratio. 
Vanity, pride, ambition and honor gave birth to the first manifestations of all the arts, since these emotions need a social arena where they can be exhibited.  Beauty, art, is largely a matter of the unification of contrasts. 
Cro-Magnons were artists; the Adamic mixture suddenly accelerated creative imagination. The height of the blue man’s art was about fifteen thousand years ago.  Andites contributed art to every nation to which they journeyed.  Evolutionary religion is the mother of the science, art, and philosophy.  Sculpture originated in idol making.  The making of burial statues led to great improvement in Egyptian art.  Jews’ had a deep-seated prejudice against images as symbols of idol worship.  The commandment against making images much retarded art among Jews.  Jesus had a favorable attitude towards art despite his Jewish upbringing. 
The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.  Through art and philosophy the material-minded man is inveigled into the contemplation of the spiritual realities.  Art is only religious when it becomes diffused with purpose which has been derived from high spiritual motivation.  But spirit communion is not promoted by mere massive ornateness and overmuch embellishment with man’s elaborate and ostentatious art.