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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 […]

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 […]

Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas

The Pope and the Muses

Pope Francis spoke of many things in his recent interview with America magazine; we are all by now familiar with the deplorable web of distortions which the media proceeded to weave around a selection of his words.  Yet there is one part of the interview which generated no slick headlines: it is one in which […]

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