The Earliest Biblical Painting?

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Is this it?It comes from a house in Pompeii (buried by volcanic ash in 79 AD) and is believed to show Biblical scene of the Judgement of Solomon. Bible History Daily has the whole story. Theodore Feder writes: In the building known as the House of the Physician, excavators found a wall painting clearly depicting King [Read More...]

Remember When They Discovered Mona Lisa’s Grave?

As it turns out, they didn’t. I posted on the story back in July, with the team reporting that they had found the final resting place of Lisa del Giocondo, the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Wellllll… not so much, it turns out.  Archaeologists who found the remains in July, earlier thought it to be of [Read More...]

Borja Fresco Now a Tourist Attraction

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Behold, the power of the internet to create a meme and make it huge. An elderly woman’s botched attempt at restoring a fresco by Elías García Martínez  has turned from a weird internet curio into real-world hit. The ruined picture, depicting Jesus crowned with thorns, has spread like wildfire across the web, but it’s also caused a [Read More...]

Lost Leonardo Painting Found in Farmhouse?

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I’m going to go ahead and say, “Not a chance.” Look for yourself: If that’s from the master’s own hand, I’ll eat my laptop. The numbers on the painting point to the following “proofs“: 1. A similarity between the boy and child in his famous piece Madonna of the Rocks, 2. A distinctive ‘v’ shape [Read More...]

Anti-Bending

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The Grave of Mona Lisa: Discovered?

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A team of archaeologists searching the Convent of St. Ursula in Florence for the remains of Lisa del Giocondo believe they have them. Lisa, the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, became a nun after the death of her husband, and lived in the convent until her death in 1542. The bones were found under the floor [Read More...]

Searching for the Tomb of Mona Lisa

It’s strange to think of coming face to face (so to speak) with the remains of the woman with the most famous face in the world, but archaeologists and art historians think they may be close. We know some things about Lisa del Giocondo, including the fact that two of her daughters, Camilla and Marietta, became [Read More...]

Tanner’s Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

Today is the 153rd birthday of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the great American artist who painted my favorite depiction of the annunciation: Mary is depicted as a young, humble Jewish girl encountering the Holy Spirit as light. Her expression is a mixture of fear, wisdom, understanding, and resignation. I don’t see joy in Tanner’s Mary: I see girl [Read More...]


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