All posts tagged Catholicism

Fordham endures disputes over faculty health care, unionizing

My article appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: NEW YORK — Over coffee at Rex, the hip, Upper West Side shop that Fordham University students haunt, Kyle Pritz, 28, pauses to hold his glasses up sideways. It looks as if something has taken a bite out of the piece of the plastic temple […]

Overcoming church’s negative past in Spain (National Catholic Reporter)

My article “Overcoming church’s negative past in Spain” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: TOLEDO, SPAIN “Alas the synagogues, fallen to ruins, where kites and vultures have nested; for the children of Israel have departed,” wrote Ya’aqob Albeneh in a 1391 poem. He was describing a pogrom, which he survived, that began in […]

(National Catholic Reporter) Some medieval recycling was guided by spiritual symbolism

My article “Some medieval recycling was guided by spiritual symbolism” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: To begin to understand the contours of recycling in the Middle Ages, it is necessary to forget a great deal about modern products and packaging. Many of today’s goods are designed for single use: When milk, medicine […]

(National Catholic Reporter) Exhibit charts Brazil’s untrodden historical and religious ground

My article, “Exhibit charts Brazil’s untrodden historical and religious ground,” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: … Like many of the works that hang in the exhibition’s display cases and on temporary walls, it is colorful and lively. But as visitors meander through the exhibition and take a closer look, the joyful gives […]

(Smithsonian) Even 500 Years After His Death, Hieronymus Bosch Hasn’t Lost His Appeal

My article “Even 500 Years After His Death, Hieronymus Bosch Hasn’t Lost His Appeal” appears in Smithsonian magazine. Here’s the lede: The Dutch city Hertogenbosch, colloquially referred to as “Den Bosch,” remains remarkably similar today to its layout during the medieval age. Similar enough, says mayor Tom Rombouts, that the city’s celebrated native son, painter […]

(National Catholic Reporter) Exhibit questions if Dante ‘belongs’ to Catholics

My review, “Exhibit questions whether Dante ‘belongs’ to Catholics,” of the National Museum of African Art’s exhibit “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists,” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: With recent trends in Christianity envisioning divine love and mercy trumping justice, whereas traditional Christianity, through the triptych […]

A Spice Box Fit for a Pope

…A recent museum acquisition, the [Jewish spice] box was created between 1798 and 1810 by Giovacchino Belli (1756-1822), then Rome’s leading silversmith who typically worked for Pope Pius VII and for aristocrats. (The artist’s work is also represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, and includes other Jewish […]

Exhibit encourages viewers, religious and secular, to ‘Meet Mary’

One of the best places to learn about the tools and techniques that medieval artists employed to create illuminated manuscripts is their depictions of saints writing and illustrating sacred texts. In art, when St. Luke represents the Virgin, he typically clutches a paintbrush or quill in his hand, and he often stands or sits at […]

Artist brings interior radiance to global stage in painting for World Meeting of Families

Neilson Carlin is pretty sure that he will soon have the opportunity to cross something off of his aesthetic bucket list: having the pope see one of his paintings. “That’s obviously a dream come true for someone like me, who has devoted his entire career to serving the Catholic church,” said the Kennett Square, Pa.-based […]

Exhibit showcases German artist’s version of saintly and secular female subjects

The Virgin, enthroned, closes her eyes and tilts her head to the side slightly as she wears a crown in Albrecht Dürer’s 1485 drawing “Madonna with Musical Angels.” The infant Jesus, naked and with rays of light emanating from his head, stands on Mary’s lap as two angels serenade the pair with a lute and […]

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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