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The Art of Dying

In the early thirteenth century, Bishop Huge of Lincoln paid a visit to the abbey of Fécamp in Normandy. Ostensibly at least, his purpose was to venerate the relic...

Birth of a Nation

Last October the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its new and expanded Islamic galleries to widespread critical acclaim—“as intelligent as it is resplendent,”...

The Wounded

The end of the draft marked the beginning of the military as a subculture. Art about and by the army has worked to bridge the newly widened gap between soldiers and...

Portals of Faith

The reopening, after eight years, of the Islamic galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought considerable fanfare. Aware perhaps that some...

Mourners or Bridesmaids?

Detail, wall painting from the Temple of the Palmyrene Gods, Dura-Europos, ca. 239 CE, © 2011 Yale University Art GalleryIn 1931, a team of archaeologists...

View Finders

A photograph often tells more about who was behind the camera than what lies in front of it. From its invention in 1839 in the workshops of Louis Daguerre and Fox...

Controlled Chaos

Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31 (1950) From a distance, the surface of the first painting displayed in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit on Abstract...

Flawed Reflection

There’s a small but memorable photo in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” on display until February 13, and...

Fugitives

Compared to the elegant intimacy and historical import of the diptychs in the infancy narrative of St. Luke’s Gospel, the briefer infancy story in St. Matthew’s...

Bible Stories

In the spring of 1997, I was hired by the American Bible Society to open a gallery dedicated to biblical art. I had just received my PhD in medieval art from NYU,...

Blue Streak

At the age of nineteen, the mid-twentieth-century French artist Yves Klein signed the sky above Nice as his first artwork. The same year he began to compose a...

Mourning Glory

Public expressions of grief, even at their most authentic, are a kind of performance. The tears may come spontaneously, but if we let others watch us cry it’s...
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The Catholic Rubens

January 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Still Life & Matisse

February 19, 2007 | 0 comments