Author Archives: laurieetta

January 13

Words Stuck in My Head

As I’m writing this in my office, I can hear our preschoolers in the room across the hall singing at the top of their lungs: “My God is so GREAT; My God is so MIGHTY; there’s NOTHING my God cannot DO, for YOU!” Yes, they are shouting the words that are in upper case. I […]

January 09

Worthless or a Masterpiece?

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Today, we are not looking at some great Renaissance masterpiece, but something quite different. Paint has been replaced with dryer lint, meticulously placed by Laura Bell of Roscommon, Mich., to create a 14 ft. wide by 4 ft. high reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The […]

January 06

What the Heck?

Last summer while in Vienna, my husband and I went to the Belvedere Museum. Off to one side, I spotted a room that immediately sparked my interest. I couldn’t help being drawn into this round room that held 60 or so busts by sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Each bust’s facial expression looked as if they […]

January 04

Handwriting on the Wall

The book of Daniel is a historical account of the faithful Jews who lived in captivity in Babylon. The focus is, of course, on Daniel, but the story also contains colorful people such as Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Belshazzar and Darius (always fun names to pronounce). The scene painted in this masterpiece is of a […]

December 23

A New Set of Eyes

We’ve met Caravaggio before when we looked at The Denial of St. Peter (November 25, 2018). You may recall that he was quite a character, often having run-ins with the law. So, it seems appropriate that this painting of his not only caused a scandal when first released but continues to be surrounded by mystery […]

December 19

Wonderfully Imperfect

My husband and I have been watching “The Crown” on Netflix. It’s well-done, well-acted, and since my husband and I both love history, we find it very interesting. We learn something every episode. The last episode we watched was about Churchill’s 80th birthday present—a portrait of himself, commissioned by members of the House of Commons […]

December 16

Holy Magnificance

The announcement of the coming of Christ-child didn’t only come to Mary. It also came to shepherds who were watching over their flocks that night. Oh, what a night that must have been, and I love how this painting portrays it. As I look closely at the multitude of angels, I can’t pick out a […]