mountains, solitary and sublime, seem to call men for recollection and
the serenity of the most high contemplations. At the feet of this
sublimity, in vivid and agreeable contrast, graciousness smiles and
blooms: an enchanting and almost conventional village in which one
senses the measured but youthful pulse of a life full of peace, purity,
happiness, and activity. One sees a small Baroque church, at once
sublime for its significance and elevation; gracious for its harmony and
beauty; unifying, concentrating within itself, and raising to a higher
plane all the aspects of this scene whose central point it is.
Pictured here is the village of Mittenwald, in Bavaria, wherein is
exercised an activity of artisans that demands a harmonious ambience and
that, in turn, is a fountain of harmony, for its inhabitants produce
violins famous all over the world.
objective of these observations is not only to present an enchanting
panorama, typical of Catholic Bavaria, but moreover to emphasize how
propitious is an ambience of art and poetry for crafts and artistic
work, especially when enlivened by the radiant presence of the Church.
it not be the lack of this ambience in today’s super dynamic, super
excited, and super tumultuous great cities that produces veritable
[*] Translated by
Nobility and Analogous Traditional