Painting of the Week: Saint AnneAugust 16, 2020
To the south of Egypt is the mysterious land of Nubia. It has a complex history due to the different states and religions that have occupied the area. The Kingdom of Nobadia was one of them. It existed...
Shiva Linga IconographyAugust 12, 2020
The Shiva Linga or Shiva Lingam is a highly regarded and widely recognized icon in the Hindu world. This curious phallic structure has been worshipped by many generations of Hindus and the practice continues to be an intrinsic...
Eid Al-Adha — Seven Beautiful Mosques Around the WorldJuly 30, 2020
Eid al-Adha is observed between the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. This is the Eid of the sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s sacrifice or qurbani of his own son, Ishmael to...
Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo, the Warrior Pope and God’s BottomJuly 15, 2020
No, I am not indulging in casual profanity, in this painting we are actually looking at God’s bare bottom and it graces the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, courtesy of Michelangelo. When I gaze at this world-famous chapel,...
Painting of the Week: Hendrik Heerschop, The African King CasparJune 28, 2020
White subjects have dominated the Western art tradition for millennia, while people of color have been vastly underrepresented and misrepresented. The Dutch Golden Age is no exception. However, it has some sparkling examples of when people of color...
The Pantocrator Christ DepictionsJune 2, 2020
When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the word Almighty was rendered as Pantocrator, from the Greek words pas (all) and kratos (might, power). The Pantocrator Christ is one of the most recognized depictions of Jesus, and...
The Intriguing Tale of Shocking Sheela Na Gig and Its Art ReferencesMay 29, 2020
Everyone remembers their first sighting of a Sheela Na Gig. Wandering around an old church, breathing in the architecture, the history, the silence. And then – that looks like, oh, yes, it is – a naked woman, exposing...
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