Sister Wendy, the nun-turned-television-presenter, has warned that modern-day ignorance about Christianity and the Classics has left people unable to appreciate much of Western art.
Britons are ignorant of Christianity and the Classics, says Sister Wendy - Telegraph
Sister Wendy is right. If you’re going to appreciate Western art and culture at anything more than a superficial, unsatisfying level, you need at least a passing understanding of Greece, Rome, and Christianity, not to mention a comfortable appreciation of the Renaissance.
Some art can stand apart from context, but context makes it so much better.
The same goes for literature, by the way. And film.