Medieval Christians (Photogenic)

(at the Metropolitan  Museum of Art)

It never occured to me how photogenic medieval Christendom might have been. I like the color and the expression, the rouge and lipstick, and the abstract decorative patterns on the costume. As religious icons, they are doll-like and strangely animate. For some reason, they don’t scare the hell out of me. I think it’s the cheerful redness that first caught my attention to this group of figures at the Met. If you scroll down the page, I like the visual conversation they create with Higgs Boson.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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