Abraham Kuyper: But if you confess that the world once was beautiful, but by the curse has become undone, and by a final catastrophy is to pass to its full state of glory, excelling even the beautiful of paradise, than art has the mystical task of reminding us in its productions of the beautiful that was lost and of anticipating its perfect coming lustre.
[Kuyper, A. (2008). Calvinism: Six Lectures Delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton (208). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.]
HT: Trevin Wax