Treasures of Medieval Irish Art to Celebrate St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17, 2019
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so that means it’s a day to celebrate all things Irish. What better way to do that than by looking at some masterpieces of Irish art? Although there have been spectacular Irish artists...
More than a Stone. Representation of the Kaaba by Hamra AbbasMarch 14, 2019
The 17th century world map from an Ottoman book on the discovery of the Americas “Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi” (“History of the West Indies”) points Mecca and the Kaaba as the centre of the world. Indeed, the centrality of...
A Complex Polyptych About Pain and PassionJanuary 22, 2019
Today’s work by Matthias Grünewald is a polyptych about pain and passion put on view. It’s a complex painting consisting of several parts and sections, depending on which wing is currently opened, it narrates a totally different story....
The Complicated Meaning and Mysterious Origin of The Cloisters CrossJanuary 19, 2019
The Cloisters Cross is a beautiful English Romanesque walrus ivory cross, likely dating to the middle of the 12th century. From the moment it reappeared in the mid-20th century, art historians have considered it to be one of...
Theosophy and Art: There Is No Religion Higher Than TruthDecember 13, 2018
The subtitle of today’s post is the motto of the American Theosophical Society, which has been functioning since its foundation in New York in 1875. Its most famous leader, Russian Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, taught that Theosophy was not a religion...
Let It Be: The Annunciation In Medieval And Renaissance Christian ArtAugust 28, 2018
Religious themes in art have prevailed throughout time. Whether it is Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, or Hinduism – being able to visually interact (through images or text) with the religious messages is an important aspect to many religious followers...
Dream-like Artworks: Minnie Evans’ Divine InspirationAugust 14, 2018
Folk Art, Surrealist, Visionary, Americana, call it what you will. Minnie Evans’ (1892-1987) dream-like artworks speak of another world; a world which the artist believed God had given her insight to see. The North Carolina native’s oeuvre ranges...
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