The Last Supper: Art for Holy Week (Leonardo da Vinci)

Maundy Thursday: “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is one of most recognized art of all times. As Christians observe the last supper of Jesus with his disciples this week, this painting highlights the event and the individuals involved. My blog provides an Armchair Visit to its home base in Italy, close up photos, and insight into this masterpiece.

Smile, Mona Lisa! (Leonardo da vinci)

No study of famous art would be complete without a look at what is arguably the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa–and her famous smile! Who is she? Where is she? What’s the big deal about her smile? Her eyes? Find out more on my blog!

Minneapolis Institute of Art: Mia (MN) Art & Travel

Museums are slowly re-opening after COVID forced closures. Anxious to get back to some normalcy and explore the world once again, a good first step is to starting in our own backyard. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN) re-opens January 28. My Top Picks to not miss on your Mia visit are in my latest blog.

Novel Discussion: The Agony & The Ecstasy (Italy)

The novel “The Agony and The Ecstasy” changed the course of my life. I fell in love with Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance and the lure of Italy. It lead to my becoming a professor of art history and a world traveler, leading students on 3 trips to Italy!

Film Discussion: The Agony & the Ecstasy (Italy)

“The Agony and The Ecstasy” includes 3 of my favorite things: Michelangelo, Renaissance and Italy; this film has them all, and much more! Set in Florence and Rome, this in-depth drama of Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine ceiling and his battle-of-wills with Pope Julius II is filled with history, drama and lots of great art.

Michelangelo Alert! (MOA Exhibit; Mpls, MN)

Michelangelo Alert! Rome comes to Minneapolis! The Sistine Chapel art exhibit at the MOA (Mall of America) is a phenomenal close up of one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. It can be touched, photographed, and seen up close as never before!

Art for Halloween – or All-Hallow’s-Eve? (Luther & Cranach)

October 31st is Halloween, right? So why would I post a famous painting of a famous German theologian by a famous German artist–on Halloween? October 31st has dueling holidays, and it is more than just proximity on the calendar. Click on the painting of Luther for more information as I attempt to make the complex simple!

Let it Snow…Let it Snow…but not quite yet! Snow in Art (Bruegel)

First snow of the season! How is snow portrayed in art? “Hunters in the Snow” by Bruegel is the all time winner in the art world! The painting has always made me feel COLD, as I do in right now in our unseasonably cold and snowy autumn. Maybe that is the reason for the success of the painting; how the artist wanted us to feel! If so, he was successful. For more about this artist, this painting, and where you can see it–click on the picture for insights and information!

Art for Father’s Day 2020: Honoring Our Father (Michelangelo, Sistine Ceiling, Italy)

Who better to honor on Father’s Day, then our heavenly Father, Father of us all. And what better image than Michelangelo’s creation of Adam (also father of us all) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

Art for Easter: The Resurrection of Christ (Grunewald)

On this unusual Easter 2020 when gatherings are non-existent, let’s reflect in why we celebrate: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This alone sets Christianity apart from other religions and gives us hope. For me, this painting stands apart in portraying the power and might of the event and the glory of the risen Savior!