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Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions

My article “Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions” appears in Religion News Service.

(Forward) Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?

My article “Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Nearly 275 years after Alessandro Magnasco’s death, experts still aren’t sure what to make of his work — particularly four paintings of synagogues. Known as il Lissandrino, Magnasco was born 350 years ago Feb. […]

(Forward) Archie Rand Put a New Tryst on the Bible

My short article “Archie Rand Put a New Tryst on the Bible” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

(NCR) Art is opaque in ‘Ecstasy of St. Kara’

My article “Art is opaque in ‘Ecstasy of St. Kara,’” about a Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit, appears in National Catholic Reporter.

All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue

The ark at Cleveland’s Orthodox Green Road Synagogue looms on an intimidating platform above the congregation. Alternating tan and umber rays — evocative of the divine lights that emanate from the sun in ancient Egyptian art and of St. Francis’s stigmata in Christian paintings — culminate in diamond-shaped niches above the chairs reserved for synagogue […]

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

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

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    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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