What Mary Wore: Belts and Veils from Mary’s Closet

In honor of the Marian feast this week, I thought I’d take a peek inside the Virgin Mary’s closet.  Sometimes you’d think, from looking at pious representations of the Mother of God, that she was a real fashionista. Actually, when you think about it, living in such a warm climate, Mary must have had at least a few tunics.  But haven’t the artists taken her style just over the top? Why Did Mary Wear Blue?First, there’s that closet full of tunics!  Classical artists like Botticelli, Raphael a … [Read more...]

Michelangelo’s David—and the World’s Worst Toilet

Some days one idea catapults into another, with the result that the sublime slams headlong into the ridiculous, producing a flaming nonsequitur of a blog post.  Today is one of those days.I read that on September 13, 1501, Michelangelo began carving what is perhaps his pièce de résistance, the 17-foot marble sculpture of David, the Renaissance ideal of perfect humanity.   And I remembered the day we saw [well, ALMOST saw] The Statue, and the day I saw The Toilet.We, eight of us, were on a loo … [Read more...]

C'mon Artists! It's National Pro-Life Chalk Day!

Moms, preschoolers, high school art clubs, professional artists, budding Michelangelos—Show your stuff! It’s National Pro-Life Chalk Day!  That means that pro-lifers across the country will be taking to the sidewalks, parks, and anywhere that has public space to create short and sweet messages that can save lives!With a handful of chalk and an arsenal of pro-life slogans, you can leave a lasting impression on hundreds or even thousands of people, and the steps are simple.Grab sidewalk chalk f … [Read more...]


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