Art & Architecture
Quasimodo out of the Ashes
Few Catholics may be aware that the Second Sunday of Easter also bears a proper name from its Introit: “Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia,” Quasi modo geniti infantes.
Dedicated and Restored:
St. Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum
The St. Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum was constructed in the early 1930s with the two-fold aim of providing a worthy place for the worship of God (Holy Mass and Divine Office) and for the spiritual, theological, and pastoral formation of future priests.
Daniel Mitsui’s Rescue Mission: How Religious Art Can Restore the Balance between Beauty and Sacred Tradition
Daniel Mitsui is an artist on the move—although for a while it felt like he was stuck between things, a situation less than ideal for a Catholic artist who depends on the permanent and eternal to make his living.
That Other “Seat of Wisdom”—The Role of the Celebrant’s Chair in the Life of the Church
Together with the altar and ambo, the celebrant’s chair is considered one of the three principal liturgical furnishings in the sanctuary of every Catholic church, and frequently, the Church’s official documents give short theological explanations about the nature of each.
Let Us Adore: Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Much has happened in the world, in the Church, and in her liturgy over the past 21 years. In 1995, Liturgiam Authenticam did not exist. The third edition of the Roman Missal was not realistically imagined. Joseph Ratzinger was “only” Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (back before he was better known as Pope Benedict XVI). Vocations to the priesthood were declining. Only 30 years had passed since the Second Vatican Council.
The Beuronese School: Nature and Grace in Liturgical Art
The major styles of sacred art – the Iconographic, the Baroque and the Gothic – are all well known to Catholics, even if they can’t identity these styles by name. Sometimes a school of sacred art develops, however, which owes a debt to one or the other of these styles but is, as the expression goes, “neither fish nor fowl.” Such is the case with the Beuronese School of Art.
Painting the Walls of the Heavenly Jerusalem: Phoenix’s New Liturgical Art Studio
Ruth and Geoff Stricklin are seeking to unify beauty and worship by putting their artistic talents to work for the Church’s liturgy – and their own marriage is in many ways an embodiment of that effort.
The Ghent Altarpiece Speaks: David Clayton Reviews Magnificat’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
One of the greatest masterpieces ever painted, the Ghent Altarpiece, created in the 15th century by Flemish brothers Hubert and Jan Van Eyck, is the second most viewed work of art in the world (after Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa). And now, about 500 years later, thanks to French art historian Frabrice Hadjadj, the world has easy access to this masterpiece through his newly published book The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
Christo Gloria in Ecclesia
Drawing by Daniel Mitsui Editor’s note: It is just as we go to press that we have learned of the…
“St. Thomas Aquinas Church Communicates Beauty – and Beauty Attracts.”
St. Thomas Aquinas Church at the University of Nebraska Newman Center – rejuvenating the Church’s architectural tradition and engaging souls…