Blaise Pascal once wrote:
“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”
The picture above, taken from the bottom portion of Rafael’s Transfiguration,could stand on its own as separate painting. As a composition, it appears to be complete. Yet even to the viewing eye, it certainly lacks something. By itself, its meaning is not clear. More…
By Fr Jason Smith
The Awakening Conscience
We ache because we are not full.
In The Awakening Conscience William Holman Hunt places his finger—or brush, better said, on the ache found deep within every person: We either have God who alone can fill us, or we will endlessly try to pursue the things that cannot do so.
By most standards today, the woman in Hunt’s painting should be blissfully happy, if wealth, prestige, social status, gourmet eating, sexual encounters, and the like, indeed left one filled. More…
Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle
Caravaggio – The Calling of Saint Matthew
Br Fr Joseph Tham, LC
Munch Edward — The Scream
Recently, Edvard Munch’s emblematic painting “The Scream” was sold for $119.9 million, and became the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction. This painting is one of four similar works by the Norwegian expressionist artist and is also the only one to include a poem on the frame. He explained the inspiration behind this composition: More…
I had no idea that Michelangelo’s Pietà came to the United States:
You have to go to Rome to see the original Pietà. But if you can’t make it that far, there are two exact replicas New York City.
If you can’t make it to New York, Here are some photos… More…
Our Lady of Light
Since Thursday is the day when we contemplate the Luminous Mysteries, instituted by Blessed John Paul II, I decided to dedicate today’s article to Our Lady of Light, depicted in the painting above by Russian artist, Natalia Tsarkova. (Click on the photo above for a larger image).
Before I explain the painting, here is a video explaining the artist’s relationship with the late John Paul II. More…