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November 14

Who Do You Suppose Jesus to Be?

Giovanni Savoldo, “Mary Magdalene,” 1535-1540 Italian painter Savoldo is noted for his subtle use of color and chiaroscuro, a term we were introduced to in the last post that refers to the dramatic use of light and dark. Savoldo was also noted for the sober realism of his works, which are mostly religious subjects. Mary […]

November 10

Who? Me?

Caravaggio, “The Denial of Saint Peter,” 1610 While most of his contemporaries were painting in Baroque style, which was highly ornate and extravagant, Caravaggio had begun to switch to “chiaroscuro,” a technique that depends on the dramatic use of light and dark. Caravaggio’s life was quite the story. He had many run-ins with the law […]

August 11

The Mourning Lion

While in Vienna earlier this summer, we were in the famous Augustinian Church where the Hapsburgs (one of the principal sovereign dynasties of Europe from the 15th to the 20th century) were hatched, latched and dispatched (baptized, married and buried). While there, I was struck by a memorial to Maria Christina (daughter of Empress Maria […]

July 23

Where has the time gone?

Salvador Dali, “Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion” (also know as “The Melting Watch,”) 1954 The art genre of surrealism, of which Dali was a master, rejects logic, reason and natural order to get the viewer to ponder things anew. And time is an interesting thing to ponder. Why is it that summer seems […]

June 08

Holy Imagery

I first saw this painting by Lucas Cranach (circa 1529) when I went to the Luther exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis a couple of years ago. Luther found that because of the Protestant Reformation, people had to be educated on the difference between law and grace. This painting, entitled “The Law […]

April 21

God, the Audience

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. ~Psalm 92:1-3 I was talking to a friend the […]

April 11


But as for you, you were dead in your sins. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been […]