Monthly Archives: June 2013

Nec Spe Nec Metu: Superman, Caravaggio and Hope

The most recent incarnation of Superman, the ubiquitous Man of Steel (which I confess I have not seen and, in all likelihood, will not see, because of a lifelong aversion to the ‘superhero’ genre – aside from the Saturday-morning cartoon … Continue reading

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Messenger Peacocks: The Wings of Fra Angelico

It takes considerable painterly imagination to approach the wings of angels. ┬áThat angels even HAVE wings is a matter of theological debate; the Bible gives variable reports – cherubim, seraphim, wingless messengers, wings with eyes and hands – and the … Continue reading

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The Substance of Halos

I recently revisited the Trecento painting show at the Art Gallery of Ontario – Trecento being art historian talk for Italian paintings of the early fourteenth century, the age of Giotto di Bondone, who was kind of the Michelangelo of … Continue reading

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