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The rare blue the Mayans invented

The rare blue the Mayans invented

by: Devon Van Houten Maldonado - BBC in Expressions,

 The colour survives in the work of 17th Century Spanish colonial painters, a symbol of the wealth that ultimately doomed the Mayans, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado. Across the Atlantic Ocean, colonial Baroque works created by artists like José Juárez, Baltasar de Echave Ibia and Cristóbal de Villalpando in early 17th Century Mexico – New Spain – were full of this beautiful blue.

Nun spreads God's love through art

Nun spreads God's love through art

by: UCA News in Expressions,

The nun's inspiration for creation comes from her experience in life and prayers but mainly from the Word of God. Sister Marie described her experience as a calling within a calling. She goes where God wants her to go to preach the universal values of good relationships, faith, hope, compassion and love with believers and non-believers because her creation contained a mission of evangelization. 

The bringer of light. Gospel reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

The bringer of light. Gospel reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

by: Gabriel Ringlet-La Croix International in Expressions,

Several interpretations have been advanced to elucidate this section of the Gospel of Mark. Some say that Jesus was trying to maintain his disciples’ confidence despite the events that he knew were to follow. The majority of exegetes point out that the Gospel of Mark ends somewhat abruptly at Chapter 16 verse 8, with the scene in which women flee the tomb “bewildered and trembling.”

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

by: David Colman - The Guardian in Expressions,

Of all the world’s enigmatic works of art, it is probably the Mona Lisathat people are the most curious about. And indeed, it is hard to imagine why a 77x53cm painting on a piece of wood might be worth more than double the £340m paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi last year. So – why is she worth so much? Why is she so famous? Why is she smiling? There are answers – but they only tell you so much.

Blessed are the restless

Blessed are the restless

by: Sr Silvana, RSCJ in Expressions,

As Augustine wrote elsewhere in his Confessions: I have tasted you; now I hunger and thirst for more. Our initial, aching, longing, restless hunger has been satisfied, only to be replaced by a new one.

Painting as prayer

Painting as prayer

by: Anna Foa - L'Osservatore Romano in Expressions,

The head of the woman praying is covered in the lightest of veils, her hands rest on the candelabra with nine branches, a hannukah [menorah]. She has just lit the candles and is murmuring the blessing, all wrapped up, her hands cupped and her head veiled. This is a picture portraying the artist’s mother, one of the first of her that Antonietta Rapahael Mafai painted.

Through the glass, brightly

Through the glass, brightly

by: Joanna Moorhead - The Tablet in Expressions,

A new exhibition in Shrewsbury seeks to restore the neglected reputation of one of Britain’s most impressive stained-glass artists who was also a Carmelite nun. She rode a motorbike, smoked cigars and became a Carmelite nun. And Margaret Rope, who died in the 1950s, also designed some of Britain’s best stained glass. 

John Paul II: The Musical to debut in Poland next year

John Paul II: The Musical to debut in Poland next year

by: Agence France-Presse - The Guardian in Expressions,

Polish theatre producers have announced they are working on a pop and rock musical of the life of John Paul II, the former pope and the nation’s beloved native son. “We’re trying to create something big,” says the show’s writer Michal Kaczmarczyk. “We will tell his whole life story, from his infancy until his death.”

Sacred Mysteries: the Abbey’s shrine for Henry VIII’s grandmother

Sacred Mysteries: the Abbey’s shrine for Henry VIII’s grandmother

by: Christopher Howse - The Telegraph in Expressions,

We’re lucky still to have the brilliant Gothic glasshouse of Henry VII’s chapel at Westminster Abbey. It might have been destroyed in the war – or earlier. After all, only outraged defence by parishioners saved the neighbouring church of St Margaret’s from demolition by the Duke of Somerset’s men who in 1549 came to tear it down for stone to build Somerset House.

Barry Hines, author of book behind Kes, dies

Barry Hines, author of book behind Kes, dies

by: Robert Booth - The Guardian in Expressions,

His friend, the writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan, tweeted on Sunday morning: “Very sad news: the great writer Barry Hines, creator of Barnsley’s defining myth A Kestrel for a Knave, has died. Rest in peace.” Hines wrote several novels, from his first in 1966, The Blinder, about football, to his last in 2009, This Artistic Life. He also wrote the screenplay for the TV drama Threads, which imagined a nuclear attack in Sheffield.

Jesuit priest uses painting to evangelize In retirement

Jesuit priest uses painting to evangelize In retirement

by: Katharina R. Lestari, - UCA News Jakarta in Expressions,

Dutch-born Jesuit Father Lambertus Sugiri van den Heuvel was 84 years old when he was invited to join a painting course last February at St. Theresa Parish in Central Jakarta. "They gave me canvases, paintbrushes and paints. I was so excited," he told ucanews.com. 

Top 50 Most Famous Paintings

Top 50 Most Famous Paintings

by: www.artsheaven.com in Expressions,

 This wonderful video presents fifty of the world most famous paintings of all time. A number of these famous paintings are currently housed in various famous museums around the world. You can purchase reproduction of these famous masterpieces at our website at http://www.artsheaven.com

Bill Viola on St Paul's Cathedral commission: 'It flummoxed me'

Bill Viola on St Paul's Cathedral commission: 'It flummoxed me'

by: Martin Gayford - The Telegraph in Expressions,

For over a decade, Viola has been pondering the task of making two video-art altar pieces for St Paul’s Cathedral, to stand at the east ends of the north and south choir aisles. Now, after over a decade of thought, they are completed, installed and will be seen for the first time by the public at evensong on Wednesday, May 21st.

The meaning of Blake's 'Jerusalem'

The meaning of Blake's 'Jerusalem'

by: Joe Unsworth in Expressions,

The words of Blake's 'Jerusalem' were put to music in 1916 to flag the spirits of our troops in WW1, - very much in the news in this its centenary year. Angela McGhin shares with godgossip an article written by Joe Unsworth, her brother-in-law, for his church magazine.

Four centuries on from his death, time to meet the real El Greco

Four centuries on from his death, time to meet the real El Greco

by: Javier Rodriguez Marcos - El Pais in Expressions,

It was also in Rome that he met the Castilian noblemen who encouraged him to move to Toledo. Beginning in 1577, the fate of Domenikos Theotokopoulos was forever entwined with that of Spain. Fernando Marías is the author of the modern work of reference on the Cretan artist: El Greco. 

My Mother

My Mother

by: Mahmoud Darwish in Expressions,

I long for my mother's bread / My mother's coffee / Her touch
Childhood memories grow up in me / Day after day /  I must be worth my life

 
WHILE WAITING

WHILE WAITING

by: Donna Pucciani in Expressions,

DONNA PUCCIANI’s poetry has been been published on four continents in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Pedestal, nebu[lab], Italian Americana, Journal of the American Medical Association, Poetry Salzburg, Shichao Poetry, Istanbul Literary Review and Christianity and Literature.