Stations of the Cross – Some New Images in the Gothic Style

On Good Friday, here are some images for the season. A reader has directed my attention to the paintings of this London based Catholic painter. She bases here style on the 14th century Italian gothic style. I am encouraged that she is developing so well a voice, so to speak, that is characteristic of the [...]

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12th century Christian geometric art

by David Clayton on April 15, 2014

12th century Christian geometric art

Some readers will already be aware of the Christian tradition of geometric and patterned art (see longer articles in the section Liturgy, Number, Proportion on the archive site). This was an adaptation of the patterned geometric art that we see in the pre-Christian classical period. TMC is, in a small way. The Way of Beauty class, [...]

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Is Easy Listening the Modern Day Equivalent of the Music of the Jongleurs and the Troubadors?

Can elevator music be elevating…or is it just superficial fluff peculiar to our age? What makes easy listening at once so popular and yet so reviled by ever self-respecting and serious music fan? I thought about this recently when my wife, who is Venezuelan, put on a CD in the car by a Mexican artist [...]

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Is some sacred art too naturalistic?

by David Clayton on April 8, 2014

Is some sacred art too naturalistic?

There are many artists today working towards the reestablishment of the great naturalistic tradition of sacred art which was at its height in the 17th century, and this is to be encouraged. The artists coming out of the ateliers and studios that teach the traditional academic method who are adding greatly to this cause, and [...]

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EWTN to Run TV Series About the Glory of the Latin Mass

EWTN has announced the debut of Extraordinary Faith, a television series showcasing the beauties of Sacred Tradition and the Tridentine Mass. Episode 1 was filmed at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, located about one hour south of Los Angeles. Episode 1 includes some background information about the series, as well as an [...]

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Winslow Homer

by David Clayton on April 1, 2014

Winslow Homer

Here are some paintings by the 19th century American artist Winslow Homer. He was born in Boston and died in 1910 at the age of 74. He is perhaps best known for seascapes featuring the New England shore, especially Maine. His Wikipedia entry is here. It is interesting to note that he is largely self [...]

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A Wonderful Piece of Music by Brahms

by David Clayton on March 28, 2014

A Wonderful Piece of Music by Brahms

I have been doing a regular series of pieces of music that have moved me with their beauty. The first was Schubert’s Impromptus, the last one was about the rock band Genesis. In each case I had a long story to tell about the impact it had on my. In this case, I have no [...]

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Work of Students of the Thomas More College’s Guild of St Luke

Gothic illumination in the style of the School of St Albans.  This past week the Guild of St Luke offered an four-day intensive class in gothic illumination. Learning the 13th century style of the English ‘School of St Albans’, students had a choice of four images from the Westminster Psalter. Mr David Clayton, Thomas More [...]

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