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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

Posts by Michael De Sapio:

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The Great Man

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia affected me rather strongly, as I had long admired both him and his son, Fr. Paul Scalia, a priest in my diocese.  Mind you, I am not someone who takes an especially profound interest in politics or the law.  For me Justice Scalia was a cultural and intellectual […]

Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, c. 1465 - 1525/1526 ), The Virgin Reading, c. 1505, oil on panel transferred to canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Portrait of a Young Woman: Vittore Carpaccio’s “The Virgin Reading”

On February 2 we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation, also known as Candlemas, marking the official end of the larger Christmas season.  This feast commemorates the day when the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to be “presented” to God, in observance of Jewish law […]

Willem Claesz Heda
Dutch, 1593/1594 - 1680
Banquet Piece with Mince Pie
1635
oil on canvas, 106.7 x 111.1 cm (42 x 43 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
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The Mystical in the Everyday: Some Catholic Art of Holland

While visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington recently, I took a tour entitled “Glimpses of Seventeenth-Century Life” which led me through some of the most glorious paintings of the museum’s permanent collection.  The artists of the seventeenth century replicated reality and depicted the details of everyday life with a photographic realism never before […]

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Haydn’s Catholic Spirit

Note: This article is part of a projected series on Catholicism and art (primarily, but not limited to, music and painting). “Whenever I think of God I can only conceive of Him as a Being infinitely great and infinitely good. This last quality of the divine nature inspires me with such confidence and joy that I […]

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The Song of Bernadette: A Second Look at a Catholic Classic

Those who know me know that I am a devotee of old films, particularly those from the 1940s and ’50s. As such, I am often to be found cruising digital TV channels such as GetTV and Movies! which air the old classics (with commercial interruptions, alas). This past week I was surprised to catch the […]

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