Browsing Category: religious

  • Photos: Museo Nacional de Escultura

    A National Sculpture Museum is to be found in a small city, some 200 km north of Madrid. But don’t expect too much marble, bronze or mixed media here in Valladolid. During their golden age, Spain’s sculptors worked in wood. Presenting exhibit A: close up of a sizeable tiered seating arrangement for a church choir. Its makers …

    September 3, 2014
  • Oliviero Rainaldi, Conversazione, 2011

    Everyone loves a good car crash in the art world where no one really gets hurt. Last year we thrilled to the saga of Beast Jesus. The previous year this statue of Pope John Paul II became infamous. Critics said it looked like Mussolini. The artist reworked it to produce the version you see here. …

    February 27, 2013
  • Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (2001)

    When a gallery is a deconsecrated church and the artwork is a piece of religious music, walking in is a hair’s breadth from turning up for Sunday worship. It’s humbling, even humiliating. The early choral work, Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, is drawing people in off the street, nevertheless. This is one church that’s …

    May 11, 2011
  • The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting & Sculpture 1600-1700

    Published on Culture24 The Sacred Made Real at The National Gallery, London, until January 2010 As you would expect from a pallid corpse in a darkened room, Dead Christ draws quite a crowd. Gregorio Fernández’s wooden bier is surrounded by a dozen curious visitors. If this was a roadside, they would be driving past slowly, …

    November 25, 2009