Tag: Catholic

Art News Roundup: So This Is Love Edition

Normally, the only time I might stop to think about wishing upon a star or the like is when listening to the “Dave Digs Disney” (1957) album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet – particularly their take on “So This Is Love” from Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” (1950). Of course in the present climate, if there’s any fairy tale that seems to resonate most, it’s probably … Read More Art News Roundup: So This Is Love Edition

Art News Roundup: Masterpiece Market Edition

The art world regularly tells us that Old Master paintings are out of fashion, but those of us who love them (and those of us who have the means to acquire them) don’t particularly seem to care. On Tuesday night, a very beautiful self-portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1699) that I told you about back in June sold at Sotheby’s London for a whopping … Read More Art News Roundup: Masterpiece Market Edition

Art News Roundup: Unafraid Edition

I’d like to take a moment, if the reader will permit me, to address those who are behind the rash of church burnings and vandalism in France, the United States, and elsewhere. There has been quite a lot of this sort of thing in recent months, such as that which occurred at Nantes Cathedral earlier this week, destroying the 400-year old organ as well … Read More Art News Roundup: Unafraid Edition

Art News Roundup: Landscape Orientation Edition

I know, I know. I didn’t post my usual longer-format essay on Tuesday, but I was unfortunately overtaken by events requiring my attention. In any case, as you might imagine, most of the news from the art world at the moment is awful, and not just because of all the utter garbage I have to read on a daily basis to keep up with … Read More Art News Roundup: Landscape Orientation Edition

A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. During this period, believers fast, pray, engage in acts of penance, and perform acts of charity in recognition of their own faults and failings, and in preparation for the celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead at Easter. And this particular Lent, perhaps no one will be more conscious … Read More A Vanity of Vanities in Vienna

The Cat’s Meow

I want to thank you, Gentle Reader, for your patience during my brief blogging break over the past couple of weeks. I’ll explain why I took it shortly, but first I want to draw your attention to a couple of items of interest. As it happens, all three give me the direct or indirect opportunity to write about the most spirit animal of all … Read More The Cat’s Meow

Art News Roundup: Don’t Mess With The Nonnas Edition

Tuesday was a bit busy at The Daily Planet, Gentle Reader. As a result, I didn’t get a chance to post one of my usual long-format musings as usual. So to make up for that, you’re getting an extra-long edition of weekly curated links to some of the most interesting stories from the art world over the past week. Before we plunge in however, … Read More Art News Roundup: Don’t Mess With The Nonnas Edition

Art News Roundup: Mamma Mia Edition

Please forgive my Tuesday silence, gentle reader, but I was home in bed with the first man-flu of the season. Thanks to those of you who posted and sent encouraging messages while I wallowed in my misery. Being cooped up for three days, I had plenty of time to read on various art topics in-depth, and this particular story about a monument that hasn’t … Read More Art News Roundup: Mamma Mia Edition

Art News Roundup: Kitchen Cimabue Edition

If you’ve not seen the story already – and it both pleases and amuses me greatly that a number of my readers immediately contacted me about it when the story broke – an extremely rare painting by one of the most important figures in art history was recently discovered hanging in a French kitchen. Cimabue (c. 1240-1302) was a Florentine artist who could be … Read More Art News Roundup: Kitchen Cimabue Edition

Art News Roundup: By the Numbers Edition

Earlier this week, I shared some thoughts about a significant New York Times investigation into the alleged failures of French authorities to adequately address public health and safety concerns during and in the aftermath of the devastating fire at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris. Yet despite the negative stories arising from that tragedy, there are also positive tales to tell. Among them is … Read More Art News Roundup: By the Numbers Edition

From The Archives: Is Gaudí Getting Closer to Sainthood?

Since I published this piece about four and a half years ago, the cause for the Beatification of architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926) continues to be reviewed by the Vatican, but movement is glacially slow. Gaudí was named a “Servant of God” in 2003, a preliminary step on the road to possible sainthood, and interest in his cause has been expressed by Pope … Read More From The Archives: Is Gaudí Getting Closer to Sainthood?

Below The Surface: Sad Stories Of Art In Public Collections

When visiting museums, we often don’t stop to think about how these items ended up where they are. Case in point, Italy is claiming that an 11th century sacramentary, a book used by the priest for the celebration of Mass and other liturgical services, was stolen from the parish church of Santa Anna in the small town of Apiro back in 1925. After passing … Read More Below The Surface: Sad Stories Of Art In Public Collections