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  • All Saints Day In Famous Paintings

    By November 2, 2017

    All Saints Day, celebrated yesterday is also known as Hallowmas or Feast of All Saints. Occurring on November 1st of each year, it is a significant religious date in the calendar celebrated by Christians in memory of those...

  • Why Is St Sebastian A Gay Icon?

    By September 9, 2017

    One may think that Christian saints have little in common with the gay culture. But there is an exception to every rule: if you see a handsome guy in his early twenties perforated by arrows, you know it’s...

  • FEAR NOT, When Jesus Tells You He is Coming, You Build Him a Throne

    By August 4, 2017

    After receiving religious visions, James Hampton spent 14 years of his life preparing for Christ’s return to earth. When he died from stomach cancer in 1964, no one had any idea what he was creating in a rented carriage...

  • Painting Of The Week: Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist

    By July 30, 2017

    It’s Sunday and it’s time for some classics. This masterpiece is one of only a few original works by Caravaggio in American collections. Now it belongs to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Although he never took in pupils, Caravaggio’s...

  • Why Is She So Hairy? Iconography of Mary Magdalene

    By April 29, 2017

    I had always asked myself this question when I came across the Gothic or early Renaissance representations of Mary Magdalene such as this: WHY IS SHE SO HAIRY? We should start the story from the beginning: Mary Magdalene...

  • The Holy Story: The Driving Force of Renaissance Art

    By April 27, 2017

    The sudden expansion in trade, banking and the textile industry in the late 1200s  brought an influx of labouring classes to the cities of Renaissance Italy. The Roman church, whose depictions of God were designed to control the...

  • Crucifixions, Bones and Gruesome Bodies

    By April 15, 2017

    Easter is coming! But before the happy celebration and dancing with bunnies in the garden, Christians go through a Triduum, a three day period including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which remind of Jesus’ passion. Good...

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