The Supper at Emmaus occurs immediately following the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He appears in person to 2 of his disciples, walking and talking with them, His identity unbeknownst to them – at first! This post presents artistic representations by Baroque artists: Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
Ukraine and its resilient people are in our hearts and prayers at this time. I think of their art. Tragically, Russian bombs are devastating their time-honored, magnificent architecture, especially their Ukrainian Orthodox churches. But two Ukrainian art forms cannot be destroyed by invading forces: their Pysanky (Easter eggs) and Kokum (“grandmother” scarves). This blog shares insights into these art forms and ways to provide solidarity with our Ukrainian brothers & sisters.
For Father’s Day: A Father Forgives. This post is to honor our dear fathers who accepted, loved, forgave and welcomed us home after our prodigal periods of life. Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” is one of his most famous and moving paintings. More on the artist, the painting in this Father’s Day blog.
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.
Holy Week! The week between Palm Sunday and Easter, was literally set in motion by Jesus Cleansing the Temple and Driving out the Money Changers, as seen in 4 dramatic paintings by El Greco. My blog highlights not only these 4 paintings, but also the most important week in the Life of Jesus Christ—and for us.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve selected Klimt’s famous painting, The Kiss” to represent this day we set aside to show love for those close to us: family, friends and lovers. For discussion on this life-size, golden art and the famous artist, check out this week’s blog.
Christmas. How to select ONE single piece of art to represent Christmas from countless paintings in different styles of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world? I selected a simple one of the holy family; no shepherds, no magi, no fancy trappings to clutter up the scene by an artist whose work lights up the event!
The Annunciation is an integral part of the Christmas Advent season. One of my favorite renditions of this scene is the Merode Altarpiece. It is a treasure of the Met Cloisters, atop a hill hidden in the far north end of New York City’s Manhattan Island. It is a true blend of medieval and modern in our own country.
Jerusalem’s “Dome on the Rock” on Temple Mount, sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims, is iconic for the Old City. My last trip to Jerusalem also commemorates my most memorable birthday!
You would be disappointed if I did not include this iconic Thanksgiving feast by Norman Rockwell! The setting is something for us to reflect on this year as we have been forced to define for ourselves: wants vs. needs.