"The Messiah [..] is the source of all religious art". This statement, which we find in Cohen’s "Über den ästhetischen Wert unserer religiösen Bildung", seems to not be consistent with the whole of Cohen’s aesthetics. In order to explain this statement and Cohen’s perspective about messianism in art, in this paper the Author examines Cohen’s reflections about this topic in his main works about art and religion, and maintains that the goal of this statement is to underline a difference between Jewish and Christian religious art. Finally, the Author offers a short examination of some 20th and 21st century artworks that can be compared to Cohen’s view about messianism in art: namely, Chagall’s crucifixions, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, and Pistoletto’s Terzo paradiso.
Keywords: Aesthetics, Marc Chagall, Hermann Cohen, Gustav Mahler, Messianism, Michelangelo Pistoletto