Just this morning I discovered the Gilcrease Museum site. This largely unheralded institution clearly contains some very fine works. I was much taken by, for example, Sierra Nevada Morning, 19th century, by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902).
The Holy Family group, composed of Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, is a favorite among both artists and the public, perhaps because of the affection generally portrayed. Here are six such works owned by the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California --
For a delectable aural experience, listen to a few clips from Mozart's four Horn Concerti, played by Barry Tuckwell, soloist, with the Orchestra of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner. Scroll down the page a bit and you will come to thirteen samples.
(And if you care at all about classical music, keep the ArkivMusic.com site in mind. It's where I go for all my research on classical CDs.) )
When formally attired, a bishop wears a distinctive headpiece known as a "mitre." Bishops in the Western church have for centuries worn a mitre that comes to a point at the top, as shown in this portrait of St. Ildefonso, ca. 1610, by El Greco.
Bishops in the Russian Orthodox Church traditionally wear a mitre with a broader, rounder top. Here are four quite lovely 19th-century examples from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia --
Loren was kind enough to comment on yesterday's "The People Working" series, saying that he found Spruance's work reminiscent of Diego Rivera's. The artist Diego Rivera painted four walls of the Detroit Instititute of Art in 1932-33, using the fresco technique. These murals depicting "Detroit Industry" have become world-famous. The two lesser walls are --