Art

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...

Painting Hope

Philadelphia is not always a city of brotherly love. It recently registered the highest number of homicides in the nation. That’s why my mother didn’t want me to...

Naked but Not Exposed

Edward Hopper shares his most famous subject matter with many artists of the first half of the twentieth century: commerce, alienation in the modern city, neon...

Signs of Our Times

Some of the photographs discussed in this essay can be viewed at the Web site for the book Bible Road . Fifty years after Flannery O’Connor took a...

Talk of the Town

Some New Yorkers weren’t sorry to see it go. Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, installed last fall on the Fifth Avenue side of Rockefeller Center’s...

Still Life & Matisse

Great paradoxes are those that stop, startle, and gain intuitive acceptance well before essential understanding. Take, for instance, the maxim that “the first...
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Book Reviews

The Republic of Imagination

May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

The Catholic Rubens

January 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Still Life & Matisse

February 19, 2007 | 0 comments