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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...

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Things Unseen: Illuminated Manuscripts At The Getty

The award-winning filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was the son of a Lutheran minister in Sweden. In his autobiography “The Magic Lantern,” he wrote of his childhood, “I devoted my interest to the church’s mysterious world of low arches, thick walls, the smell of eternity, the colored sunlight quivering...

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The Catholic Church Desperately Needs Artists.

New York City, N.Y., Aug 3, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- “Man can live without science, he can live without bread, but without beauty he could no longer live, because there would no longer be anything to do to the world. The whole secret is here, the whole of history is here.” So wrote Fyodor...

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So, Catholic Coloring Books For Grown-Ups Are A Thing...

Chicago, Ill., Jul 10, 2016 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown. While the most popular books out there feature images of...

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Domestic Scenes: The Art Of Ramiro Gomez

Marta was the cleaning lady of the woman who owned the house in Silver Lake — my roommate — where I lived from 2010 to 2014. Every other Wednesday, Marta arrived at noon and stayed until 8 p.m.  I myself have never had a cleaning lady. Even though Marta was younger than me, she triggered all...

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The Pottery Of Beatrice Wood

Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a Southern California-based artist and studio potter. As a young woman, she broke with her wealthy San Francisco family to live as a bohemian in Paris, becoming close friends with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and others in the avant-garde Dada movement. She took her first...