“…To make such art–art that refracts the world back to people in some meaningful way, and that illuminates human nature with sympathy and insight–it is not necessary to be a religious believer. Michelangelo certainly was; Leonardo da Vinci certainly was not. But it is necessary to have some sort of larger system of belief, a larger structure of continuity that permits works of art to speak across time. Without such a belief system, all that one can hope for is short-term gain, in the coin of celebrity or notoriety, if not actual coins.”

Michael J. Lewis, “How Art Became Irrelevant,” Commentary Magazine, July 1, 2015, accessed July 2, 2015.