Author Archives: laurieetta

February 21

We Played the Flute for You and You Did Not Dance

This well-known painting is by the French artist, Édouard Manet. While on a trip to Spain, he became fascinated by a painting by Diego Velazquez, which inspired him to paint this iconic image. It depicts an anonymous regimental fifer of the Spanish army. Manet presents the uniformed boy against a flattened, monochrome background of a […]

February 16

Pass the Salt, please

Did you know there was such a thing as “Salt Art?” In 2016, creating art with table salt was all the rage. This work is by Mexican-born artist Rob Ferrel (pictured), who became one of the most prolific Salt Art artists. This art cannot be sold. It is made for the moment and then disappears. […]

February 12

What is Your Worth?

Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911? Before it was taken, it was not widely known outside the art world. Historian, James Zug, said it wasn’t “even the most famous painting in the gallery, let alone in the Louvre.” Yet, during the two years it was gone, more people […]

February 07

Thank You for the Thorn

If you’ve been following me at all, you know that Caravaggio is one of my favorite artists. This particular masterpiece is entitled, “The Crowning of Thorns” and is one of two pieces that he did on the subject of the torture of our Christ. Caravaggio, like many other Renaissance artists, often used sculptures as models […]

January 27

A Slow Fade

A while back, I became fascinated with a story written by Oscar Wilde called, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” It is the tale of a young, naïve man who becomes terrified of losing his good looks. His ego leads him to have a large portrait made of himself which celebrates his handsomeness. In his desire […]

January 21

I will not abandon you

This past summer when I visited Rome, I could hardly contain myself as I looked up at the Sistine Chapel, gazing wide-eyed at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. I had just finished a book called, “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling,” by Ross King which explored the artist and what was happening to him, his peers and the country […]

January 17

Bending in Love

There may be no more significant description of how God relates to his people than the Hebrew word, “hesed.” This word is used throughout the Old Testament, and one of the challenges of translating it is that it is hard to find an English word with exactly the same meaning. Hesed has been translated into […]