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.
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!
“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.
After time in Spain and France on this [cancelled] trip was Italy. Having been to Pisa before, I sought a new experience. This time, arriving by sea and not by land, I wanted to pretend to be a medieval seafarer and view the baptistery roof as medieval travelers once did!
Cher’s Famous Art for Good Friday: the crucified Christ has been the topic of much art over the ages: the cross, descent from the cross, or as in Michelangelo’s Pieta, the tender scene of Mary, her beauty and sadness, cradling her Son after His crucifixion. My blog explores this art with rarely seen photos of this sculpture. https://charamana.com/2020/04/10/good-friday-pieta/