- Jul 9, 2020
An artistic masterpiece conceived by the Renaissance master Raphael was on display for one week in the Sistine Chapel to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.
Art historian Elizabeth Lev makes the case that it was the art produced after the Protestant Reformation that helped save the Catholic faith.
The former lead singer of The Police, Sting, briefly met with Pope Francis during his weekly general audience before visiting the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel.
While the whole world knows Michelangelo’s finished works, from the Sistine Chapel to his statue of David, what we don’t often see is how the Renaissance genius got to that point. A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art does just that by collecting his chalk drawings, showing the artist maturing.
“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer” runs through February 12th.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Wednesday that the theme of its 2018 costume exhibition would be “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The exhibition will feature over 50 garments on loan from the Vatican, along with over 150 pieces from the Met’s own collection. The curator of the exhibition says art has historically been a bridge between believers and unbelievers.
Brooklyn artist James Raczkowski, who painted in March a 20.5 by 23 foot rendering of the ‘Creation of Adam’ along with two fellow artists in New York, finally got a chance to see the real deal when he visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums and looked up to its impressive vault painted by Michelangelo. An Iraqi war veteran, Raczkowski showed with his artistic pilgrimage that no matter how many centuries go by, the work of the Florentine master continues to be a source of inspiration for artists today.