“This reduction of the highest aim of art from prophecy to amusement strikes at the root of any possible revival of true art.”
…What was to take him [Coomaraswamy] much deeper than his forebears was his steady, persistent concentration on, and scholarly documentation of, the principles of the normal, or traditional philosophy of art. Coomaraswamy had no personal philosophy to espouse.
From God and Work: Aspects of Art and Tradition by Brian Keeble in chapter one, “A.K. Coomaraswamy and the True Art of Living” (page 3).