Tag Archives: Christianity

Jesus & Donald (Trump)

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Gargoyles (Riverside Church)

These gargoyles are way up the tower of Riverside Church, facing south. They are very hard to see with the naked eye. The one way at the top has what seems to have a racially defined modernist African look, in … Continue reading

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Striped Church (Harlem)

The techno-color lines of the Greater Refuge Temple stand out on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell and 124th Street. It is also known as the “Mother Church” (Headquarters) of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If I’m getting … Continue reading

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Physical Torture & Psychological Stress (Christianity in Valentin de Boulogne)

More than the secular genre scenes of Roman low life, the biblical paintings are almost all over the top at the big  Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio show still on view at the Met. A successor of Caravaggio and himself quite the … Continue reading

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(Executioners) Martyrdom of St. Sebastian (Cecco del Caravaggio)

It might have been a a mistake to hide the martyr’s face behind the shadow of his right arm. But clearly, the attention in this painting attention goes, not  to St. Sebastian,  but to his executioners, and to the combined … Continue reading

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(Red & White) Churches & Synagogue (Greenpoint)

The other week I stumbled across these red-brick and white brick churches and a synagogue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. They are well preserved historical structures that are still-functioning religious institutions. The buildings reflect national and religious origins that … Continue reading

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(Seeing Things & Apparitions) Rachel Harrison (The Spiritual in Contemporary Art)

Perth Amboy touches upon seeing, material culture, and the supernatural. At things concrete or apparitional, everyone is looking at something –the friend of Barbie in a wheelchair, the Indian chief, the Chinese sage, the visitors, of whom one can see … Continue reading

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