Faces #6

May 31, 2021
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Find My Way

May 30, 2021

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

May 29, 2021
Edgar Degas
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1922

Concert On The West Pier, Brighton

May 28, 2021
Douglas Fox Pitt
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1916

Woman With A Cat

May 27, 2021
Edouard Manet
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1880

Son Of A Preacher Man

May 26, 2021
John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins
Performed by Dusty Springfield
From the album Dusty in Memphis
1968

The Minotaur

May 25, 2021
George Frederic Watts
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1885

Saint Catherine Of Alexandria And Twelve Scenes From Her Life

May 24, 2021
This panel depicts the early Christian saint, Catherine of Alexandria, holding a book and a palm leaf of martyrdom, surrounded by a dozen scenes from her legend. A beautiful and highly intelligent young noble woman, Catherine vowed only to marry if she found a suitor who surpassed her in every way. She was presented with an image of the Virgin and Child by an elderly hermit, who encouraged her to pray to the Virgin so that she might be granted a vision of her spouse. When she did as instructed, she had a vision of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child, her bridegroom. Having converted to Christianity and been baptized, Catherine was mystically married to Christ.

In the sixth century, Pope Gregory the Great sanctioned the use of images in churches since, he contended, they served as books for the illiterate. This adage was repeated and expanded upon by theologians in later centuries. Saint Thomas Aquinas insisted that, in addition to their didactic function, images served two further ends. Firstly, they aided believers in fixing the examples of the saints more vividly in their memory, and secondly, they served to excite more intense feelings of devotion than text alone, and therefore facilitated a more exalted meditative experience. The events of Catherine’s conversion, shown in the opening four scenes at left, offer a fitting demonstration of the instructive, cognitive, and devotional power of images, since it was through her contemplation of an image that Catherine experienced her vision, subsequent conversion, and mystic marriage.

The remaining eight narrative scenes follow the legend of Saint Catherine as recounted by Jacobus de Voragine: Catherine debating with pagan scholars, who were converted to Christianity after their encounter with her, and the scholars’ subsequent martyrdom; Catherine’s imprisonment by the Emperor; the Empress’s visit and conversion; Christ comforting Catherine in prison; her miraculous survival of death by a spiked wheel; the decapitation of soldiers she had converted to Christianity; and, lastly, her own death by beheading.

On The Street Where You Live

May 23, 2021

All My Loving

May 22, 2021
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Amy Winehouse
2004

Elle

May 21, 2021

Move Me

May 14, 2021
Sara Watkins
From the album Young In All the Wrong Ways
Recorded at the offices of Rolling Stone
2016

Vogue

May 13, 2021
1932

The Laundress

May 12, 2021
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Art Institute of Chicago 
1877

The Sick Child

May 11, 2021
Edvard Munch
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1907

The Bather

May 10, 2021
Albert Toft
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1915

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

May 9, 2021
And it ain't no use in a-turnin' on your light, babe
The light I never knowed 
An' it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe 
I'm on the dark side of the road 
But I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay 
We never did too much talkin' anyway
Bob Dylan
From the album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan
1963

Nobody's Fool

May 8, 2021
Director: Robert Benton
1994

Faces #5

May 7, 2021

In The Café

May 6, 2021
Fernand Lungren
The Art Institute of Chicago
1882