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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 »

Art and the Spirit

The expression of art—the exploration of figurative and abstract thought in tangible external forms—is unique to human beings. Even as we think in words, we imagine in the “language” of images. Art is one of the great facilitators of human dialogue, and it provides us as well with . . . . Continue Reading »

Victory Near the Plaza

“Sherman Led by Victory” Is a St. Gaudens statue, A cast-bronze allegory. With Victory as a woman Pulling his horse’s bridle Out of a sculptor’s stable. Leading him off the pedestal Into a bronze fable. I used to think Sherman A beautiful . . . . Continue Reading »

Toward a Christian Critique of the Arts

Sham Pearls for Real Swine by franky schaeffer wolgemuth & hyatt, 290 pages, $14.95 In 1948, a young American minister from the conservative Bible Presbyterian Church moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, to serve as a missionary to Europe. Intending lo work primarily as an evangelist, this earnest . . . . Continue Reading »

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