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(NCR) At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge

My article “At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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(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. […]

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(NCR) Two painters, two styles, one city: Seville takes a lead in cosmopolitan 17th-century art

My article “Two painters, two styles, one city: Seville takes a lead in cosmopolitan 17th-century art” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: Visitors to Santa María de la Sede, Seville’s cathedral and the world’s third largest church, need to peer over the baptismal font from behind a stanchion to glimpse Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s […]

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Writing in the LA Review of Books, S. Brent Plate kindly observes the following: Critics and journalists rarely diverge from the secular gaze when it comes to using art and spirit in the same sentence. Apart from Holland Cotter’s usually astute observations in The New York Times, and a handful of others such as David […]

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(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.

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(Forward) We’ve Seen Martin Luther From Both Sides Now

My review “We’ve Seen Martin Luther From Both Sides Now” of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Martin Luther exhibition appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

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(National Catholic Reporter) Missionaries taught theology in Imagery

My article “Missionaries taught theology in Imagery,” a review of the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes,” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: The bearded and robed reclining figure of St. Peter Nolasco cannot be sleeping soundly or dreaming sweetly. A tree […]

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(National Catholic Reporter) Met exhibit reveals Holy Land’s layers

My article “Met exhibit reveals Holy Land’s layers” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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(Forward) How Did This Ass Wind Up on a Stained Glass Window?

My article “How Did This Ass Wind Up on a Stained Glass Window?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. It’s the result of a visit to Minneapolis’ Basilica of Saint Mary, where I found myself face to face with a stained-glass window celebrating the biblical Balaam.

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(NCR) Wright’s iconic home houses eclectic artwork

My article “Wright’s iconic home houses eclectic artwork,” about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: MILL RUN, PA. One of several surprises at Fallingwater — the iconic weekend-retreat home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built on a waterfall in 1936 — are the collection’s religious works. The patrons, […]

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