Reimagining Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam

"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving." —Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787I love the Sistine Chapel:  that jewel of the Vatican, repository of some of the best art of the Renaissance:  the dramatic frescoes on the life of Moses and the life of Christ, painted by Perugino, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio; the papal portraits; the trompe l’oeil draperies which adorn the walls—all inspire and amaze.Since 1483, … [Read more...]

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The Pencil Madonna: A Modern Rendition of Our Lady of Sorrows

Long and black, sorrowing an eighth time at the Ascension of her Son, she’s nicknamed the “Pencil Madonna.”  She’s the prominent figure in a striking mural behind the altar at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, Michigan.  The mural also features a “Pencil Jesus” hovering just over His Mother’s head, ascending to heaven.The contemporary fresco was painted in the summer of 1961 by French artist Jean Charlot.  Born in Paris, France, then living and working in Mexico, Charlot applied to be … [Read more...]

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