Speaking of art

+JMJ+ I’ve been going through my collection to select artwork for the Rosary books (edit Nov. 24: I should have said ebooks, though I may do a printed run at some point), and I’ve got enough for a gazillion books. Well, maybe not a gazillion. Maybe just a million. But it beats trying to format the text and all that. Aaaaaa! My eyes! My brain! ;) Speaking of art, I was taking a break from all the close up work (and tiny fonts!) to watch a video of Thomas Mirus, host of the CatholicCulture podcast, and Dr. Elizabeth Lev, my favorite art historian, discussing St. Anthony, the Abbot (or the Egyptian, or the Great, he’s known by different names) and the way he’s represented in the iconography and art of East and West. And a lot more besides. And I’m fascinated. 

Video: Conversation between Thomas Mirus and Elizabeth Lev, about the Temptation of St. Anthony Abbot and his iconography and art.

The conversation lasts a little over two hours and I’m not through watching it, but I want to draw your attention (Draw! Ha!) to the 42:58 mark, where she’s telling us about the time leading up to the Reformation in Germany. I did not know these things. Utterly fascinating. Dr. Lev always does this to me. I start listening and I can’t stop. 

Don’t miss: The zip file with all the artwork discussed in the episode. Link is in the description below the video at YouTube.

I hope you will enjoy the conversation. Thank you for visiting and reading and watching. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and virtuous and holy. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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Notes and Links

  • Thomas Mirus and Elizabeth Lev, a conversation about the Temptation of St. Anthony and the saint’s iconography and art in the East and West.
  • There’s a zip file with all the artwork discussed in the episode. Link is in the description below the video at YouTube.
  • How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art, by Elizabeth Lev: Paperback, Kindle, (those are Amazon Affiliate links, see full disclosure below for more.). EPUB available from the publisher.

Image: The Temptation of St. Anthony, a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, painted in about the year 1501. Link to all the art discussed in the episode is in the description on the video page.

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2 thoughts on “Speaking of art

  1. Joan Howard

    I found this at 2:00 a m at the end of a trying day that saw my printer go kaput, despite Apple’s generous attempt to rescue me (though it was HP’s fault). Then the vast JOY that there was a box I won from a Tombola table at a charity function in the closet which contained a printer I was delighted to have for just such an occasion as this one’s AWOL. Soon (well, hours later) to turn to bitter disappointment that someone had donated that Tombola gift after removing the ink cartridges and special USB cord and resealing the box to make it look fresh from the factory. This was followed by my attempt to locate online cartridges of the same brand and number, only to find they are no longer manufactured, since apparently the brand fizzled, and cartridges for duds need not be still made. So-o-o with printer shopping staring me in the face Tomorrow (if my eyes weren’t too tired to look and my brain not too tired to realize Tomorrow is already today), I am gonna drag these ole bones to bed BUT in the happy knowledge that at the end of this Struggle a two hour respite awaits as I enjoy this delicious video. Thank you! (Again!) Joan

    Sent from my iPad



    1. Oh, my! How well I know days that that one, Joan! I went through something very much like it when I was starting out with audio production gear. It was the most frustrating experience I think I have ever had to endure. Every time I thought I could finally sit down and work on my music, I discovered that I needed one more thing before I could do anything. I was one more thing-ed nearly to death! AAAAAAAAA! I finally got everything I needed but it took days, as I usually discovered what I needed well past closing time at any local shop. I didn’t have an iPad or an iPhone (or any kind of smartphone) back then, so I couldn’t even just sing my idea into a voice memo app. I nearly forgot what the heck music I wanted to work on before I could finally do it. Good times. ;)

      By the way, I used to work in a computer store (so many jobs, so few skills) and printers don’t generally come with cables. It was a constant complaint from customers who were told by their salesmen that “Oh, yes, you’ve got everything you need right there, bye now,” knowing good and well that they did NOT have everything they needed and that they would be back and hopping mad that they had to come back, after spending hundreds of dollars, to buy a $10 printer cable (I don’t remember how much they were then, but I do remember that they were marked up ridiculously, really, those cables are cheap, that’s where those stores’ biggest profit margins are, in accessories). More good times. Especially when I was working customer service. Oh, yeah, good times, indeed. ;)

      The ones I’ve been using the past few years are wireless, so I can print from any of my devices from anywhere in the house. At least, that’s how it sometimes works. I use the printer so rarely these days that the ink always seems to dry out before I’ve used very much of it. Most of the time I only use the scanner, and I use my phone for that most of the time now. Scanner Pro is a great little app that does most of what I need unless i have a big scanning project.

      Anyway, thanks for visiting, Joan, and I hope today is a much better day for you. Enjoy the video! God bless! :)


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