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MADRE FORTUNATA

“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” — Kahil Gibran   A relaxed new mother of a grand total of seven children: even by modern standards, the subject of this illumination strikes as incredible at best… In the Middle-Ages, when mortality […]

L’UOMO SINFONICO

May 2, 1519: on this day, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci died at 67 in Château du Clos Lucé, a castle in the city of Amboise, France. As one of the most popular and widely-known artists of all time, […]

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PASQUA: LA RESURREZIONE

It is finally Easter! We celebrate the occasion with this incredibly lavish illuminated initial from a late 15th-century (or early 16th-century) Gradual made for the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. The grand illumination, marking the most important holiday […]

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VENERDÌ SANTO: LA PIETÀ

We continue the Easter Triduum by moving on to Good Friday. According to the Gospels, after being arrested the night before, Friday was easily the most tragic day for Jesus: he is taken to Pilate, the Roman governor by which he […]

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GIOVEDÌ SANTO: IL TRADIMENTO

Maundy Thursday: for Christianity, this day marks the beginning of the so-called Paschal Triduum, the period of three days leading to Easter and thus recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Maundy Thursday is, most famously, dedicated to the Last […]

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NOTRE-DAME

As lovers of both history and art, we take deep grief in the recent burning of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. As many have already reported, the original medieval building began construction in 1163 and was not completed until […]

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WORLD ART DAY

Feeling especially creative today? That might be the influence of World Art Day! April 15 is, in fact, the day that has been chosen to celebrate all fine arts worldwide: the date was chosen in honor of one of the […]

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ANNUNCIAZIONE

The Church celebrates today the feast of the Annunciation (also known as Lady Day), meaning the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of the son of God. This date, of […]

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