"And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded you..."
The context, of course, is the construction and ornamentation of the sanctuary. In the chapters preceding we see God laying out for Moses the blueprint of the tabernacle, then calling for "all who are wise-hearted" to participate in the actual building. Two men were called out in particular and given special insight - Bezaleel and Aholiab - but it was the blanket description of all the craftsmen that struck me. In other translations they're just "skilled artisans," but in this case I think the King James has hit on something.
all who are wise-hearted
That is probably the best description of real artists I've ever read. You could argue that these men were wise-hearted because God especially blessed them, or that they were wise-hearted because they were the people of God, but I think it's far more basic than that. These artisans were already wise-hearted; their work was the manifestation of it. We've all read authors and found them unbelievably good - books where we reach the end and cannot fathom how a single mind could have held in all that complexity, let alone articulated it. We've read poems that captured so much in so few lines. We've seen paintings and statues and been left speechless by something.
This isn't restricted to believing artists: we'd be foolish and bigoted to suppose it is. Dickens very probably wasn't a Christian and I doubt Rosemary Sutcliff was. I recently finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and that author gave me that wonderfully horrible feeling of inadequacy every really great book should. In the art field, I know very little about Bernini and want to know even less, but his "David" is one of the most amazing statues I've ever seen. There's something in the heart of man that has this amazing capacity for beauty, even for glory, and I think that something is the wisdom of the artist. It has little or nothing to do with form and rules, except perhaps in knowing how to break them. I'm not sure I can put my finger on what it is, but I think that if you have some of it yourself, you know it when you see it in others.
wisdom is vindicated by her children.