Stunning Jeweled Saints

Saint Deodatus in Rheinau, Switzerland, by Paul Koudounaris (Thames and Hudson)

Smithsonian has a long, heavily-illustrated piece on photographer Paul Koudounaris and his amazing work cataloging the heavily bejeweled skeletons and corpses of saints. He’s gathered them in a book called Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs (Thames and Hudson), and they are simply astonishing. Here’s a taste: You should read the entire [Read More...]

The Shroud of Turin 2.0

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Three big news items about the Shroud of Turin for Holy Week: new dating, a live broadcast, and a new app: 1. New Confirmation of Shroud’s Antiquity The flawed 1988 radiocarbon tests dating the shroud to the Middle Ages have been challenged for years. Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of [Read More...]

A Little Art For Your Morning

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Sent along by my blog neighbor, the most excellent Kathy Schiffer. I get sent quite a few riffs on the “Creation of Adam” because of my blog header. I wasn’t sure if they warranted full posts, and then realized, “Why the heck not? It’s my blog.” I wish I could credit the artist, but I just [Read More...]

Weird Medieval Marginalia

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I guess it’s nice when the internet discovers the much-better-than-the Renaissance-or-Enlightenment awesomeness of the Middle Ages, but like schoolboys searching for the dirty words in the dictionary, they often only seems to find the bizarre or outrageously sexual stuff. Case in point: Buzzfeed’s 20 Bizarre Examples of Medieval Marginalia. Please, please, PLEASE do not click that [Read More...]

“The Pilgrims of Emmaus” Through the Eyes of the Masters

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If you tuned in for yesterday’s thrilling episode of  Bad Church Art and the Tasteless Vatican II Boomer Twits Who Inflict It Upon Us, you got to see the masterwork which will be glaring at me from my pew missal holder (and possibly yours) for the next year, causing little cartoon hate lines to radiate from my [Read More...]

What Is This I Don’t Even?!

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The glorious period of waiting that is Advent begins today, which means a sense of anticipation of the coming of the Lord, no Gloria at mass, lighting the candles on the wreath, deep meditation on the mystery of the incarnation, and the annual abomination that is the unveiling of a new Breaking Bread book from OCP. This year, [Read More...]

Beautiful Tech

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These photos from inside Google’s data center are making the rounds of the interwebs today (ht to Joseph Susanka for the link). They’re a startling glimpse inside the beauty of elegant technology, with a little help from the photographer’s art. You can take a self-guided walking tour, or just check out this gallery of photographs. [Read More...]

Warhol: His Catholicism, His Celibacy, His Art

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There’s a bit of a contretemps in la Casa Patheos today between the Bad Catholic (Marc Barnes) and the Feast of Eden (Dawn Eden). In brief, Marc’s post on Andy Warhol (Catholic, gay, possibly celibate) offers some striking observations about the pop artist: According to the wonderful book The Religious Art of Andy Warhol, by Jane Daggett [Read More...]


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