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Iconic Curiosities

At that place where language dead-ends into incredulity . . . At thesignpost marking the intersection between metaphor and meta-folly . . . At the universal crossroads where icon meets curiosity . . . . . . stand these two Madonnas from the Museum of Bad Art.Be sure to visit their gift . . . . Continue Reading »

Not For Sale

Okay, Anthony, I give up. What is Kris Kristofferson doing in his pajamas on a church wall in — there’s a place in England called “Uckfield?” Barking I’ve heard of. Dorking I’ve heard of. Duck End I’ve been to. Ditto Wenhaxon and Onehouse. But never . . . . Continue Reading »

Icon vs. Curiosity

This is not an icon. It is a curiosity. Why is it a curiosity? It is a curiosity because it purports to be an icon, yet its subjects are dogs. Oh, and a cat. Now, the cat will tell you that icons depict holy personages, and dogs are not holy personages. The dogs will ask you what’s for dinner. . . . . Continue Reading »

Prophetic Landscapes

Landscape artist Martha Kelly — who, totally coincidentally you understand, happens to be married to my brother — has for years been painting the trees, fields and sky of the Southern lowlands we both call home. Last fall, however, she began working on a series of oil-on-paper images . . . . Continue Reading »

Eighth Day Icons

Former Caelum et Terra editor Daniel Nichols now works as an iconographer and a leader of iconography workshops. Choose from his gallery, which includes images of the Lord, the Blessed Mother, and various saints; or commission a custom work.If you were thinking, for instance, of purchasing a statue . . . . Continue Reading »

Modernism, Science, and Spirituality

Some of the greatest Modernists, including the painter Georges Rouault, the poet T. S. Eliot, and the composer Igor Stravinsky, found in the language of abstraction, fragmentation, and primitivism ways to reconnect ancient religious truths with the conditions of the modern . . . . Continue Reading »

“Hotel Room” (Edward Hopper, 1931)

No angel with uplifted hand, no symbolof the Holy Spirit, gliding down ongilded beams—and for all we know the woman is no virgin. Still, any woman readingis an annunciation. Vermeer knew this:reading is parthenogenetic, magic doubling of the self fertilized by words.His girl reading stands in . . . . Continue Reading »

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