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The Vatican Museum and Twitter

Last month we were in Italy for a few days, meeting our daughter who had been studying for the semester in Siena. She is majoring in History, Art History, and Medieval Studies and had reserved for us tickets for the aperitivo at the Vatican Museum. Opening at 7 pm with a drink and small portions of meat, cheese, and vegetables (with multiple servings) for our aperitivo, the museum was far less crowded in May and […]

The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s by Paul Wunderlich

This past year I was invited to lead a “Paper Views” discussion at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University. It was initially supposed to be a viewing and discussion of prints by Old Masters of women in the Bible, but the collection and little in that area. What they do have is Paul Wunderlich’s 1970 The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s. I have begun work on an article about these interesting and curious […]

Jesus in a box

We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card out of wood. The proportions are odd, Jesus looks quite small relative to the others, presumably because it was to be mounted high above the worshipper, so once in proper perspective […]

Der Kreuzweg in Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus Schluchsee

Today, in an effort to escape the 100º heat in Freiburg we drove up to Schluchsee, a beautiful lake in the Schwarzwald. What I did not expect was the Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus. From the outside it appears a fairly traditional looking church, with a large wooden structure. The first hint of something different is the sculpture out front, “Kinderreigen.” It is four children holding hands going around a mitre and staff. The sanctuary itself is […]

So very wrong: Jesus & Jacko

I stumbled across this today. I have no idea of its origins, clearly dating to the time of Michael Jackson’s death; it is wrong on so many levels. But friends, tell me this, what will future art historians, scholars of religion, and archaeologists make of this in 1,000 years? (And it is not just the glove, did we need to see a Jesus with that much chest hair?)