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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...

The Glory & the Grime

 “The Sacred Made Real,” the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit on seventeenth-century Spanish painting and sculpture, is a quick but intense experience. Only...

An Eternal Now

Is there anyone who cares for painting and does not love Johannes Vermeer (1632-75)? The light of days long gone streaming through casement windows into intimate...

A Face in the Crowd

In 1885 the Belgian artist James Ensor began a series of six drawings of the life of Christ. He titled them The Aureoles of Christ or the Sensibilities of Light....

Insecurity Cameras

In 1939, a Czech artist takes a photograph of a country road near Kutná Hora. One school of critics says, “How could he bother with landscapes when horror was...

Survivor Stories

Johannes Baptist Metz warned fellow theologians not to divorce talk about God from the realities of their times. Reflecting on the twentieth century, Metz wrote...

Veiled & Revealed

“The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” was the subject of the triennial synod of bishops held in Rome from October 5 to October 26. Though...

Unmasked

When the French artist Georges Rouault died on February 13, 1958, he was given a state funeral and buried at Paris’s beloved St. Germain des Prés. For more than two...

‘To Stun the Soul'

We do not see light itself, but without it we see nothing at all. People speak of the golden light of Venice, the pale blue of Madrid, or the silver sheen of Cape...

Heart of Darkness

Photographer Lee Miller’s life was both charmed and haunted. She began as a model and muse before becoming an artist in her own right. She worked for fashion...

Shock & Awe

Ten years ago, at the age of twenty-four, the African-American artist Kara Walker became the youngest person to win a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called genius...
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Book Reviews

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