'Ralf van Bühren's comprehensive and fastidiously researched study ... examines the difficult relationship between the Church and the arts from 1800 to the present age. ... The book is published in the prestigious series 'Konziliengeschichte', and this seems appropriate because of the pivotal role of the Second Vatican Council had in this aspect of the Church's life. ... Van Bühren rightly insists that the iconoclasm of the post-conciliar period finds no justification in the conciliar documents or in subsequent ecclesiastical legislation. ... Ralf van Bühren's wide-ranging study provides a wealth of material that will help to analyse the roots of the present crisis and to find ways for its remedy' (Uwe Michael Lang, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rome, in: Antiphon. A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 13, 2009, p. 182-184).