Freaky Fine Art Friday…

... 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…

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

Fine Art Friday, the AT-AT edition…

Thanks, Fr. E. … [Read more...]

some odds and ends for Sunday…

... As most of you know, I've typically made it a long standing tradition to not blog on weekends. My weekends are my own. Sometimes; however, I like to pop in and leave a few links, images, or comments I think are worthy the extra attention.Time magazine is conducting a poll to determine who the most influential people are. Timothy "My President" Dolan is on the list. VOTE!Then buy the bumper sticker.Cuba makes Good Friday a holiday after Papal visit; "The Communist … [Read more...]

Too busy to post much today, so instead…

... some links I hope you find interesting, uplifting, and enlightening.This one's for you, Earl Scruggs. Requiscat in pace.-----------------------------A video of the Pope and Fidel Castro meeting. Libertad!The Pope in a sombrero...-----------------------------My grandfather had a farm in Williamsburg and my happiest childhood memories were Christmas at his house and then heading to Colonial Williamsburg for hot apple cider. The springs there were just as … [Read more...]

China’s ghost children…

Artist Li Tianbing paints imaginary siblings and talks about China's one child policy;"But Li's paintings of children were not just a recreation of his own childhood identity, but an exploration of what was happening in China. The one-child policy, he says, has had unimagined consequences. "There are the hidden children," he says."They can't go to school, because they don't officially exist. In the big cities, there's a market. Children can be bought and sold. They disappear."Li … [Read more...]

Solemnity of the Annunciation…

The Annunciation by Martin Schongauer … [Read more...]

Angel fight!

Pieter Bruegel, C. 1562. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. … [Read more...]

News roundup…

... Because sometimes I'm too lazy and time constrained for lengthy commentary.Bristol Palin is blogging at Patheos. I know, right!HuffPo article links to and supports the findings from a 2008 U.K. study [Bad Sex Pill] where research showed contraceptives can make a woman desire the wrong man. I know, HuffPo right!The Holy See asks SSPX to clarify, or something. I don't know for sure. I think I need some clarification on the clarification. What?And some Lenten art. Seems, I … [Read more...]