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February 05, 2014
The good wine
I was struck by something in the Epiphany scripture reading a few Sundays ago, about...
February 05, 2014
An actor’s death by heroin
On Monday, a complete stranger came up to me and said, "Hey, you know who...
January 13, 2014
The real Osage County
I grew up in northern Oklahoma, so I've been noting with bemusement how Osage County...
December 06, 2013
Lawsuit over the Statue of Liberty
You know the "forever" stamp with a closeup of the face of the Statue of...
November 21, 2013
The case of the Harry Potter stamp
The U. S. Postal Service is coming out with a Harry Potter stamp. Never mind...
October 17, 2013
How government funding hurts the arts
Conservatives usually complain about government funding of the arts because they see taxpayer money going...
October 16, 2013
Women’s hands & ancient art
Look at your hands. If you are a man, chances are that your ring finger...
July 18, 2013
The Most Beautiful Churches
In response to the feature I posted about on the most ugly churches, Michael Sean...
July 15, 2013
The Ugliest Churches in the World?
Is your church listed as one of the 35 ugliest churches in the world? Nicholas...
June 11, 2013
Beauty and Difficulty
Thanks to Prof. Scott Ashmon of Concordia University Irvine for alerting me to this quotation...
May 17, 2013
The Great or Not-so-great Gatsby?
Words and images are two different media, so a novel and a movie are two...
April 16, 2013
Maria Tallchief died. perhaps the best-known American dancer in the field of ballet. I confess...
March 25, 2013
Bach’s “Passion” as online meditation
Bach is among the very greatest of Christian artists, and his "St. Matthew Passion" is...
March 20, 2013
The mystery of the stolen masterpieces
Twenty-three years ago, thieves dressed like police officers robbed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of...
March 07, 2013
Historic preservation for modernism
The modernist architecture of the first half of the 20th century rejected ornamentation, tradition, and...
December 14, 2012
Dave Brubeck and the arts
E. J. Dionne's tribute to the late, great Dave Brubeck contains some important insights into...
November 28, 2012
Communist official wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Two years ago, Chinese author Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but he...
October 05, 2012
Connected TV dramas as the new novel
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, a dramatic production seldom lasts much more than...
September 26, 2012
An art critic discovers Luther
Daniel Siedell is a Christian art critic and curator, the author of God in the...
August 24, 2012
A stolen Cranach painting has been recovered
Lucas Cranach's painting "Madonna under the Fir Tree" is one of his loveliest works. It...
July 11, 2012
Will the Islamists destroy the Pyramids?
Muslims are radical iconoclasts, and the current Islamist revival has been accompanied by the destruction...
July 06, 2012
Lucas Cranach, cover story
The cover of Books & Culture, the Christian culture journal, features Lucas Cranach, and the...
July 02, 2012
An architect’s vocation
World Magazine has a profile of architect David Greusel, who specializes in designing baseball stadiums. ...
June 12, 2012
Luther the detective: Getting your hands dirty
Luther is the acclaimed British crime drama now available to Americans on BBC America. Here...
June 11, 2012
Luther the detective: Vocation
There is a TV show on BBC called Luther about a British police investigator, a...
June 06, 2012
VeggieTales creator repents of moralism
More on our continuing series on Christianity & the Arts, how the Christianity part has...
June 01, 2012
Art, Christ, and the agony of Thomas Kinkade
We earlier posted about Daniel Siedell's contention that the late Thomas Kinkade was a "dangerous"...
May 24, 2012
Thomas Kinkade as a nihilistic, dangerous artist
A good test-case for our discussions about what makes for Christian art. Christian art historian...
May 22, 2012
That form overwhelms content
I have spared you my American Idol reflections up to this point, that show being...
April 30, 2012
The defining element in Christian art
Let me propose this thesis, drawing on the recent post about what Bruce Springsteen said...
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