Laundry on the Line

Liberation Is in the Eye of the Beholder?

I have not been writing with the regularity I had aspired to (in a long passed fit of over-achieving madness). However, with the sun peeking out from behind the clouds on a chilly April morning, I look forward to the days when I can sit with a cup of tea in my hand and contemplate…

"The Old Guitarist" by Pablo Picasso

facing the cross: thursday of holy week

I know it doesn’t look like a crucifixion scene, but take a moment and explore Pablo Picasso’s famous The Old Guitarist from his Blue Period (1901-04). Painted in 1903 shortly after the suicide of a close friend, The Old Guitarist pays homage to the poor and downtrodden, the outcasts of society. The 22 year old Picasso was working…

Bowden He Was Wounded

facing the cross: wednesday of holy week

Today let’s consider the mixed media piece He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions, a work by artist Sandra Bowden. In this piece Bowden layers together a facsimile of a 14th century crucifix by Italian painter Maitrede San Francisco with a fragment from Benjamin Britten’s composition of Sanctus from his War Requiem.  Sanctus Holy,holy,holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth…

Francisco de Zurbarán Spanish, 1598–1664, The Crucifixion

facing the cross: tuesday of holy week

Last fall as part of my sabbatical I stayed a week in Chicago. Much of my time was spent at the Art Institute of Chicago where I encountered this striking painting by the Spainish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. An imposing piece, nearly 10 feet high, it easily holds its own across the gallery hall from El Greco’s…