Art

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...

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 Interview with Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a writer, a comedian, and the maker of over seventy films. He recently spoke with Fr. Robert E. Lauder about the function of humor, film, and “...

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...

An Interview with Dave Brubeck

Ian Marcus Corbin talks with jazz great Dave Brubeck about music, Catholicism, and liturgy.

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...
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