November 06

Hubris on Display

One of the most popular subjects of paintings is the Tower of Babel. There are hundreds of them and many used this painting as their inspiration. It tells the story from Genesis 11 of Noah’s descendants who had settled in the lowlands of Sinear after the Flood. They spoke a common language and strove to […]

November 01

Do You Not Care?

A great illustration of worry and fear is found in the story of Jesus calming the storm. The disciples are in a boat and the winds kick up. They’re sure this is the end and Jesus is asleep in the stern. His friends wake him and ask, “Do you not care that we are perishing!?” […]

October 19

Forgive Us

When I first saw this installation, I did a double-take. The juxtaposition of the sacred and the secular made me pause. The beautiful stained glass of traditional religious expression made up of graffiti and street slang. Yet still beautiful. Then I noticed the young man below, praying on his knees next to a paint can […]

October 15

Identity

The fluidity of this painting entitled “Baptism” is beautiful! I can’t find much information about the artist, Julie Howard, but I did find her artist’s statement about this work from an exhibition at the Linus Galleries in California. She says: “If the meaning of baptism could be boiled down to one word, that word would […]

October 12

Look Right Through Me

Édouard Manet is another one of my favorite painters. He was a pivotal artist in the 19th century who inspired many other French impressionists. This earned him the title, “The Father of Modernity.” The location of this painting is a cafe-concert called Folies-Bergère in Paris. The model was a friend of Manet’s named Suzon. She […]

September 27

Have Mercy on Me

This is sure a busy scene! The eye is not sure where to land, but that is the style of this artist, Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Yes, there was an elder—his father, of course. The younger Pieter was most known for making numerous copies of his father’s work, but he did some original compositions as […]

September 24

What Does It Mean?

At my church, I asked people to ponder the term, “Christian,” and whether it was used as an adjective or a noun in their life. I then invited them to respond to the question: “What does it mean to you to follow Christ?” Here are some of the responses I received: “Since you invited your […]