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New Work by Raphael Discovered in the Vatican

giovan_francesco_penni_ritratto_di_clemente_i_come_leone_x-360x430Two allegorical figures in a portrait of Pope St. Clement I, that were previously thought to have been the work of Raphael’s students, have now been determined to be the work of the master.

Hyperallergic has the story

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Sacred Art Lectures and Discussion by Dony Mac Manus in National Gallery, Washington DC

I have just received noticed of the following classes that will take place in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC next month.

The well known sculptor, Catholic sculptor, Dony MacManus will lead and exploration into the purpose of sacred art and how great works of the past have fulfilled this. He will be able to illustrate his points with reference to some of the greatests works of sacred art ever created which are on display in this wonderful art gallery.

Joan of Arc – A Saint for the Modern Age

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Joan of Arc – A Saint for the Modern Age

Benedict XVI said that the beauty of Catholic culture and the lives of the saints are the most powerful forces for evangelization in the modern age. Well here’s an interesting article by Kimberly Winston of the Religion News Service that seems to support the assertion. It is prompted by the fact that there has been a lot of interest in Joan of Arc in the past year, even in secular culture.

Kimberly writes:

While Joan has never entirely dropped out of the public imagination — the first poem about her appeared in 1429 — she is experiencing a revival. The past year saw a major production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” in London, a new musical based on her life in New York and a film about her childhood that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A new, critically-acclaimed novel, “The Book of Joan,” takes her story into a sci-fi future.

What interests me is that G.B. Shaw was a socialist atheist, and the musical, Into the Fire, is by the British/American musician and founder of the Talking Heads, David Byrne (for those of a certain age who might remember them and him). Neither Byrne nor Shaw, to my knowledge, ever had an interest in promoting the Catholic Faith! Yet there is something about this figure who was burnt at the stake in the 15th century at the age of 19 that has captured the imagination.

Read the rest of the article here.

The images are a 15th century miniature and a 21st century tattoo!

News of a Pilgrimage from Burgundy to Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland

Fr Dunstan Robertson has reminded me of the pilgrimage being organised by Pluscarden Abbey, th Benedictine abbey in northeast Scotland. It is going on now (it started in June) but people can still join for the rest or part of the pilgrimage which will end in September.

Fr Dunstan himself is a monk at a daughter house which is in Petersham, Massachussets. He writes:

Our motherhouse, Pluscarden Abbey (founded 1230 AD), is conducting a 1230 mile pilgrimage from their founding monastery in France to the Abbey in an effort to raise funds for a major building renovation. There will be 13 legs of roughly 80 miles with different groups of pilgrims each week, with daily Mass and talks. They’re looking for physical pilgrims (to walk), virtual pilgrims (to pray and offer organizational help), and financial pilgrims (who can help cover costs.) Academic credits available for US college students. For more information contact Fr. Dunstan at St. Mary’s at monks@stmarysmonastery.org or 978–724–3350.

You can read more on a webpage here; or see Fr Dunstan being interviewed by the folks at Catholic TV in Boston (old friends of mine who produced the Way of Beauty TV series which I presented a few years ago). In this intervew he talks about both the monastery at Petersham, Mass and the Pluscarden Pilgrimage.

Here is a photo of Pluscarden Abbey, built in the 13th century. The pilgrimage has spiritual and material aims – it will raise money for the renovation of the original abbey building. It’s good to see the medieval practice of mixing spirituality and money together productively at work in the 21st century!

And here is a picture of the interior of the abbey, with a San Damiano crucifixion painted by yours truly:

The Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo

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There are art treasures hidden everywhere. If you are anywhere near Tucson AZ, or plan to be, be sure to stop at the Brian Ganter Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Arizona. Since the 1960’s they have had on permanent display a neautifuk example of 15th century sacred art from Spain, the retalbo of Ciudad Rodrigo.

You learn more about the story of this unique collection here.

But this site, gives you a better example of the images and details of the various works.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Inside one of Texas’ Painted Churches

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The Painted churches of Texas are well known but it has always been a little difficult to find good quality images of the their interior.

Marge Fenelon has provided just that. A look at the interior of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, via the National Catholic Register.

Enjoy!

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Call for Artists

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Westminster Cathedral is looking for artists to commission mosaics for their St.Patrick Chapel.

For details, go here.

Read more about the chapel project here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Pope Francis – My Idea of Art

A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works.

Read more here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Was Marc Chagall the greatest religious painter of his time?

white_crucifixion-1Was Marc Chagall the greatest religious painter  of his time? Many seem to think so. Perhaps it is because the religious nature of his work has always been downplayed in favor of his culture or the times in which he lived.

Maya Balakirsky Katz over at the Oxford University Press blog has just published an article that examines this aspect of Chagall that we are just now beginning to understand.

Take a look, then tell us what you think in the comments.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org