Tag Archives: Hans Holbein

every picture tells a golden story

It can be said that the backbone of the Royal collection began with Henry VIII, though the anti-papal sentiments tended to associate art patronage with the Vatican and therefore the early works of the royals tended to anti-pope allegories mixed … Continue reading

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royal terribilita

The queen of England, Elizabeth II may have the greatest private art collection in the world. It’s a collection that reflects the taste of English monarchs through the centuries.But in the beginning, it could be called humble origins, even for … Continue reading

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utopia: realms of Nowhere

Not satisfied. Not content with the world as it exists, people have always tried to imagine the world as it might become.Utopia has always been on the map of the imagination and every age, with some notable exceptions has created … Continue reading

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seventh seal : sitting out the last dance

A dog-tired knight on his return journey from the Crusades travels through a country plagued by the plague where he meets, in a literal sense, death himself. Not death warmed over, but death. Unambiguous death in black and white. The … Continue reading

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the black plague: groaning in sympathy

The Black Death came out of Central Asia killing one third of the European population. And among the survivors a new skepticism arose about life and God and human authority. Most fourteenth-century people regarded their doctor with tolerance and respect … Continue reading

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“bring out your dead”

In 1346 a Tartar army picked a quarrel with Genoese merchants who traded in the Crimea, chased them into their coastal redoubt at Feodosiya, and laid siege to the town. The usual campaign of attrition was developing when the plans … Continue reading

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SEURAT & THE PSYCHOLOGY of GEOMETRY: Point By Point

Over the past several decades, many scholars have attempted to explain the meaning of this great composition. For some, it shows the growing middle class at leisure. Others see it as a representation of social tensions between modern city dwellers … Continue reading

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CLERGY BURNOUT: THE AESTHETICS OF DISAPPOINTMENT

Believers and Deceivers. The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, … Continue reading

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NOWHERE PEOPLE: STRANDED IN ''NOWHERESVILLE''

”A few years ago, I told an English professor (who regularly teaches Thomas More’s Utopia in his Renaissance literature courses) that I was preparing to give a paper at a conference of the Society for Utopian Studies. He asked me where the meeting was … Continue reading

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CHEATING DEATH: LIFE EXTENSION FRATERNITY

”Hubert Eaton was the founder of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in Southern California. In fact, Eaton was responsible for revolutionizing the funeral industry. He established what is now known as the “memorial park,” which just means that the gravestones are … Continue reading

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