Mosaics dating to the late Roman period have been found in a synagogue in modern Israel “challenge current notions of ancient Jewish aesthetics and the art of depicting scripture.”
“Hobby Lobby’s $3 million smuggling case casts a cloud over the Museum of the Bible”
Read more here.
“The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts,” is a new exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. on the Mall. Most works are on loan from a museum in Istanbul, and have never been on exhibit before. As Holland Cotter writes,
“The impression of the Washington exhibition is of splendor, not just from book to book and page to page, but within individual pages, with their nested divisions, their lustrous ornaments and their sprouting, rolling, singing Arabic phrases, which form the ethical heart of a faith and a culture.” The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2016.
Read the rest of Cotter’s review here. This is a spectacular and important exhibit.
Recent archaeological work in Jerusalem under what was a parking lot reveals a Greek citadel and evidence of 2nd c. BCE Greek occupation discussed in the Hebrew Bible. Read more in this National Geographic article by Andrew Lawler, April 22, 2016.
Here is an interesting — and brief — account of the controversy surrounding the nudity depicted by Michelangelo in his great fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.
It’s an incredible painting…by Caravaggio.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (on view March 14 through July 8, 2012), art historian Elizabeth Bolman introduces the Red Monastery project.
Take a tour of Correggio’s fresco of the “Assumption of the Virgin Mary” in the dome of Parma Cathedral. From the Washington Post, December 17, 2008.