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Medieval Christianity

This integrative, enjoyable "book for beginners" still may hold surprises for scholars: nuns absolving sins, petitioners humiliating saints, a woman pope, and more.

Moral Agents

Mailer, Trilling, Macdonald, Kazin, Maxwell, Bellow, Auden, O'Hara—men with public moral concerns, who seized power to shape American literature. But who were they?

Northward Bound

Lawrence painted what he saw and what he knew: strivers and beggars, children and prostitutes, gamblers and preachers, and above all women, like his mother.

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

An exhibit pulls together an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and liturgical vestments to suggest the wide range of Marian images in Western art.

Visual Bliss

Matisse's cut-outs are back at the Museum of Modern Art, some one hundred in number as against fifty in 1992--and more transporting than ever.

The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

Calling Cards of the Dead

This powerful show constitutes a record of those often unnamed individuals of the Civil War era, documented through the then-new medium of photography.

Painting in Slang

A vigorous and superbly contextual show, “Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis”—at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—focuses on the artist's most experimental years.

The Last Word: High-interest Loan

The Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany is undergoing major renovation and has sent some of its most beautiful medieval objects to New York.

Painting the Jewish Jesus

The image of a Jewish Jesus hanging on a Cross still gives pause to both Jews and Christians.

Old Masters, New Digs

After an extensive renovation and reinstallation, the Met's European paintings galleries reopened in May. The collection now has fully one-third more space.

The Last Word: Take & Eat

How the apple, rather than the grape or the fig, became the fruit in the Garden of Eden is complicated, involving pagan Greek mythology and folklore.
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Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 1 comment

The Catholic Rubens

January 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Still Life & Matisse

February 19, 2007 | 0 comments