Tag Archives: Caravaggio

complicit in a sense of magic

A Caravaggio Cinema Noir Christmas. Plotting. Sex. Love Triangles.Santa has seen it all.

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where evil lurks

Discarding the ideas of wild and pervasive divine supervision,of animals with the souls of men and women, and how evil and villainy can exist in the world under such scrutiny, has long troubled humanity. The world may be short of … Continue reading

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hindsight is a rear-view mirror

and sometimes the small print on that mirror reads, “objects appear larger than they really are.” Disrupting the natural course of history… …Historians know that at times the change was fuzzier, less immediate, and they tend to seize on the … Continue reading

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Bernini and one side of the moat

Bernini. Are the roots of heaven made of stone? ┬áThe vision of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini… Bernini appeared just at the moment when the papacy was going through its most intensive phase of art patronage. To commission great works and support … Continue reading

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trial and sedition: tribute money and pay now plan

This triumph must have made the Jewish Revolt very real to the people of Rome; it was designed to render them vividly aware of the gravity of the danger from which the new emperor and his son had delivered them. … Continue reading

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love was the clue

For most moderns, devout worshipers or not, Saint Francis represents the appreciation of love of nature, of the physical world, of mere wonderful earth and fire and water. This was one of Francis’s discoveries, revelations. Of course the men of … Continue reading

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fauning the big try

Yet, at the height of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s powers, with a sounder preparation than any American contemporary for fictional tasks still uncompleted, he wrote no fiction to speak of. Like many American writers who followed him, he had come up to … Continue reading

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black silver: brushes in shining armor

We heard it confirmed this week that Michael’s will be opening a dozen stores in Quebec over the next I imagine six to eight months, and they plan on predatory pricing for art supplies at 50% off, a kind of … Continue reading

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bandits with brush holsters

Just received some travel cases from Silverbrush for short handled brushes. The Monaco and Tuscany. $12 each and well made. When you think of all the gadgets and accessories that exist you have to wonder what people did in the … Continue reading

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we need the pillows : sleeping on “waning skepticism”

From the mouth of Harold Bloom. From his quill to god’s scribe. He represents the archetype of the Gnostic personality. If there is a gnostic personality disorder Bloom is a carrier, transmitter and is chronically infected. Or as he puts … Continue reading

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