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Dante and Virgil Meeting the Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo by Ary Scheffer

This picture depicts a famous Canto from the Inferno.  Virgil takes Dante into Hell, and there he meets the souls of those being punished for sexual sins.  They are in a high circle of Hell, because St. Thomas Aquinas (whose … Continue reading

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The Passion of Every Wretched and Ungrateful Meme You Post by Kara Walker

A couple of years ago the Cleveland Museum of Art commissioned new artwork from the African American artist Kara Walker.  She created original works that the curator told us were very different from her earlier works.  She called the exhibit, … Continue reading

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“Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away, and be at rest.” by Frederick Leighton

I have a strong affinity with a painting. I saw this for the first time on a terrible day at school.  It was in the tenth grade, when my parents’ marriage was ending.  This picture shows King David, after the … Continue reading

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Scenes from the Life of the Buddha

This is from Pakistan.  It’s so funny to remember that during the lifetime of the Buddha, the borders between India, Pakistan, and Nepal didn’t exist.  This is at the Cleveland Museum of Art, of course.

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Ritual Bell, Goryeo Dynasty 1200’s

I love this bell.  It reminds me of the large bell I saw in Gyeongju when I was in South Korea.

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600th Post!

Here it is, my 600th post!  I am amazed that I have 600 posts, considering that I started this blog simply so that I could comment on other blogs, and then decided I needed to use it. Here is a … Continue reading

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Icon of the Mother of God and the Infant Christ by Angelos Akotantos

Angelos Akotantos was a Byzantine Cretan icon painter who lived in the 15th century.  According to tradition, icons are not painted; they are written.  I remember seeing an article about the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia after the fall of … Continue reading

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