Jesus once warned, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good … Continue reading Christian Art: The Fruit of the Spirit
This curious painting by Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is called Tikkun Olam. In Jewish teachings, Tikkun Olam is any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. The pale blue female figure, balancing on a lotus flower, is a portrait of the artist herself. With … Continue reading Indian Jewish Art
A curious feature of medieval and renaissance depictions of Moses is that quite a few paintings and sculptures imagine him as horned. Indeed he looks a lot like a Pagan horned god in many of them. Many scholars believe this was due to a mistranslation in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Hebrew scriptures … Continue reading The Horned Moses in Medieval Art
Angels and virgins and unicorns, oh my! Here's a curious bit of Christian art history I have come across. From around 1330 AD a theme emerged in Medieval and Renaissance poetry art of the Virgin Mary as the hortus conclusus or "enclosed garden". This was inspired by a verse from the Song of Songs which reads … Continue reading Christian Art: the hunt of the unicorn
Candlemas by Malcolm Guite They came, as called, according to the Law. Though they were poor and had to keep things simple, They moved in grace, in quietness, in awe, For God was coming with them to his temple. Amidst the outer court’s commercial bustle They’d waited hours, enduring shouts and shoves, Buyers and sellers, … Continue reading A sonnet for Candlemas
Trump as incubus, "A Woman's Nightmare" An incubus is a demon in male form who, according to legendary, attack women in their dreams in order to have sex with them and spawn demonic children. Psychologists have speculated that these legends could have arisen from experiences of parasomnia or sleep paralysis. Some traditions hold that … Continue reading Trump as Woman’s Nightmare
Well, with it being the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing this week I though it's an appropriate time to inflict you all with this geek meme: Astronaut Jesus.
Turning the Nativity upside down
No crucifixion for Hulk Jesus! Another face palm moment.
There is an amazing array of Christian art covering the story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet. Click through to see the full gallery of images I've collected.
Christ at the centre of zodiac, Dekoulou monastery, Greece