Monthly Archives: January 2018

Black Lines Lift Off From Grayish Space (Resurrection) (Michelangelo)

Put in conversation with the many lavish tombs that Michelangelo designed for Medici and other Italian patrons is the resurrection idea. Now showing at the Met, the drawn studies for the huge Last Judgement fresco at the Vatican come towards … Continue reading

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(Entombment) Drawing Jesus Off the Cross (Michelangelo)

In the late 1520s, Michelangelo draws the heavy Jesus off the cross in a blur of orange chalk. Study for a Descent from the Cross (or Entombment) is now at the big Michelangelo show at the Met. In the drawings, as … Continue reading

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Father God’s Louche Body Posing (Michelangelo Drawing)

I’ll be posting some comments and what were for me highlights at the big show of Michelangelo drawings at the Met, but for now I wanted to share these two, included in a separate section on studies for the Sistine … Continue reading

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Baroque Nipple (David & Goliath) (Guido Cagnacci)

Deciding not to do departmental paperwork today, I went to the Met to see the Michelangelo and Hockney shows. Wandering around on my way out I stepped into the main foyer of the European galleries to meet this fetching baroque … Continue reading

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Fact & Freud (The Totemic Father & Origin of Religion)

Something I realized last semester working through Totem and Taboo with graduate students runs counter to the usual argument that Freud had no evidence with which to posit totemism as the first form of religion, and to speculate that the … Continue reading

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Philip Roth (Ecce Homo)

Maybe it’s not much of an interview, but I’m still carrying around this bit with Philip Roth here in the New York Times Book Review. What I carry away is a form of expression entirely devoid of illusion regarding race, … Continue reading

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New Materialism and the Study of Religion (Manuel Vásquez)

Manuel Vásquez’s More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion has pride of place in the fairly recent materialist turn in Religion Studies. The three keyterms are embodiment, emplacement, and practice (p.325). The force of the title is to take … Continue reading

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