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About Michael De Sapio

A native of Alexandria, Virginia and a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Michael is a writer and musician (professional violinist and amateur chorister). Passionately interested in Truth and Beauty in equal measure, he writes for Fanfare Magazine, Conservative Book Club and other outlets. He may be reached at MichaelMartinD@gmail.com

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Sacred Realism: William Holman Hunt’s “Finding of the Saviour in the Temple”

Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was an English artist who created realistic, richly detailed and symbolic renderings of sacred scenes.  He was a founding member of the group of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which advocated returning to the observation of nature and looking back to the […]

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St. Camillus: Catholic Pioneer in Health Care

On July 18 we celebrate the feast of a saint whose life is significant not only to the history of religion but to the history of medical practice as well — prompting him to be called the “Red Cross saint.” St. Camillus de Lellis (born in Abruzzi, Italy in 1550) started out as a feisty and quarrelsome youth, much addicted to gambling.  Standing […]

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Modern Church Aesthetics: Back to the Future

  Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. A common complaint about modern churches is that they look like “warehouses”—bare, soulless barns rather than houses of worship.  Such a style of architecture, many feel, renders the religious experience banal and devoid of transcendence.  Many Catholics attribute this style to the influence […]

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“Hail, Caesar!”: A Divine Comedy?

Note: This movie review is part of a continuing series of articles on Catholicism and art. I’m resistant to current movies as a rule, vastly preferring the old classics, but I recently decided to take a chance on Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! I had heard of the film’s religious subtext and was intrigued […]

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Heinrich Biber: Glorious Mysteries of a Life in Music

Virtuoso violinist and musical mystic, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) wrote flamboyantly colorful music which exudes a distinctive Catholic spirit. The Baroque era of which he was a part was dedicated to the idea that music had the power to express universal human emotions and states of the soul—not only vocal music, but instrumental as […]

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