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Dogged determination

I once heard Phil Leider say of Francisco Goya that he had only ever truly longed for two things: the career of Diego Velázquez and the love of the Duchess of Alba. Maybe that’s so. His last duchess Goya depicted … Continue reading

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This Is My Body

  The Roettgen Pietà, a painted wooden sculpture about three feet high, tells us a couple of important things about Christian devotion in 14th-century Germany. In German, this subject is called a Vesperbild, an image for use during ritual devotions … Continue reading

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Prehistoric painting

My earliest childhood ambition (at least in response to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”) was to become a paleontologist.  This fascination with prehistory arose in part, as it must with many children, in … Continue reading

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