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A Luminous Mystery From The New World

Cristóbal de Villalpando (1649-1714), born and trained in Mexico City, was arguably the most important painter in the New World of the 17th century. Influenced by Europeans like Peter Paul Rubens, Villalpando created his own distinctive brand of New World Hispanic art — rich in bright colors...

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Korea Exhibit At Vatican Shares History, Peace Through Art

An exhibit at the Vatican this month shows the 230-year history of the Catholic Church on the Korean peninsula, highlighting the faith of its martyrs and promoting a message of peace. Fr. Matthias Hur Young-yup , a spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Seoul, told CNA that with the exhibit they want...

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Faith, Science, Beauty: What Doctors Can Learn From Catholic Art

The intersection of art, medicine, and faith in the Catholic tradition has a lot to teach today, especially if you’re a doctor. “Catholic art has a long history of demonstrating the beauty of the human person, beauty both in its health as well as its disease,” Dr. Thomas Heyne, M.D. told CNA....

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How Do We Fund Sacred Art In The Church? This Priest Has An Idea

The John Paul II Foundation for the Sacred Arts is rethinking how the Catholic Church should fund well-crafted art. But why is good art in the Church important in the first place? “When a piece of art, a beautiful church, a flower or a sunset not only strikes the eye but pierces the soul and...

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Artists Take Center Stage In Pope's Latest Prayer Video

Pope Francis has dedicated the month of August to praying for artists, praising them in his latest prayer video as heralds of God's beauty, and asking that through their work, they would help humanity discover the wonder of creation. The video opens with the Pope telling viewers in his native...

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Art Experts Solve Renaissance Mystery In Papal Palace

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2017 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two works painted by Renaissance master Raphael have been newly identified after art experts restored famous frescoes in the Apostolic Palace of Vatican City. Arnold Nesselrath, an art historian who heads technical and scientific research at...

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Holy Tattoo! A 700-Year Old Christian Tradition Thrives In Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jul 9, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- In the Old City of Jerusalem it's hard to escape the ancient history that's still alive within its walls. A simple smartphone search can send you on a walk to a centuries-old shop, bring you to the steps of a millennium-old Church, or lead you past the...

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Why The Vatican Thinks Priests Should Learn About Art, Beauty

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ugly churches with bad acoustics don't do justice to the richness and beauty of the liturgy – and it's this connection between art and faith that's vital for priests to understand today, a Vatican official insists.   A project to study...

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Meet The Woman Who Helped Revive Catholic Art After The Reformation

Rome, Italy, Jan 20, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Baroque Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi is hailed as a ‘feminist icon’ based on her portrayal of the female ‘hero,’ who through violence enacts symbolic revenge against men, and her supposed defiance of Counter-Reformation...

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St. Anthony High School Celebrates Success Of ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’

St. Anthony High School’s student actors are celebrating their sold-out performances of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” the story of a jury debating a homicide trial. The five performances took place from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 at the school’s Little Black Box Theater.  Patty Steponovich, the school’s fine...

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Vatican Displays Rembrandt's Art For The First Time

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time, the works of Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn will be displayed at the Vatican. Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Swedish Embassy, the art show falls about a month...

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The Nativity Show From The Creators Of The Muppets

Denver, Colo., Sep 15, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Most people know Jim Henson as the man who brought the world the beloved comedic puppet characters known as the Muppets: Kermit the Frog, his on-again, off-again diva girlfriend Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Big Bird, to name just a few. But...

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Revolutionary Vision: Photos At The Autry

The Autry Museum of the American West, across from the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park, has a pleasant, if slightly airbrushed, pioneer-era feel. The site has a courtyard, a café, a theater and a store that sells Pendleton blankets, turquoise jewelry and books with titles such as “Kodachrome...

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Memory Of Botched Jesus Painting Preserved In Comedic Opera

New York City, N.Y., Aug 18, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s a bit of church news you’re not likely to have forgotten. Four years ago in the little town of Borja, Spain, there was a case of thought-to-be vandalism that turned out to be an unfortunate attempt at art restoration. Cecilia...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hard by the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont, up on a hill, stands a highlight of L.A.’s storied architectural story: Barnsdall Park. The compound features the Municipal Art Gallery, Community Arts Division, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Center and the Barnsdall Gallery...