Because I Was In The Mood For Something Pretty…

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... and no other reason. The sun is out, the weather is warming up and the world's awash in color. And it put me in a mood.Konstantin Korovin, By the Window … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday – Russian Orthodox/Vatican Style…

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... The Vatican's newest official court artist, Natalia Tsarkova, poses next to a painting of Pope Benedict XVI in her studio by Rome.From Art Daily; ROME (AFP).- After Michelangelo and Raphael, the vatican's latest official painter is something of an unusual choice -- an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl who is a regular at the court of cardinals and popes. An Orthodox believer in the heart of Roman Catholicism, Natalia Tsarkova paints her classical-style portraits in a flat filled … [Read more...]

Flash Mob Reenactment of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ …

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... to promote the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.Life imitating art. … [Read more...]

Meditating On The Crucifixion Leaves No Room For Idle Court Gossip…

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... So I had these long posts written out about same-sex "marriage" and then another regarding washing the feet of girls by the pope and I realized neither one of those posts was the least bit edifying. Controversial maybe, good for getting people riled up, great for page views... but nothing really to lift the spirit. So I nixed them both. I came to this decision after spending time looking online for a nice Visual Treat to share with you for Good Friday. Looking at art renderings of scenes … [Read more...]

Someone Asks, Why Am I Catholic…

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... especially since being Catholic is so very unpopular right now, what with the same-sex "marriage" stuff going on in SCOTUS. Eh. I've never been that popular anyway.I was given a 200 word limit to explain why I'm Catholic and I can assure I don't need more than one single sentence and few visually stunning images that reflect the reality of Catholicism.I am Catholic because Catholicism is Truth and outside of Truth there is nothing else.Van WeydenGiuseppe … [Read more...]

May God Console Them…

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... I am at a total loss. All around the internet people are noting how they plan to go home & hug their children and offer their prayers for the victims and their families. That sounds like a mighty good plan.Then there's the seedier politically opportunistic and pathetically cynical crowd using this, without full knowledge of the details, to support whatever political ideology they may have on gun control. Please, don't let them bait you and draw your mind and heart from all that is truly … [Read more...]

Freaky Fine Art Friday…

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... From the Met Museum's website;Rosary, ca. 1500–1525 German Ivory, silver, partially gilded mountsEach bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.Proving yet again t … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

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Francisco de Goya, Portrait of Doña Isabel de Porcel c. 1805 … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday, the AT-AT edition…

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Thanks, Fr. E. … [Read more...]


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