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25 December 2013

XII.1 Buon Natale

Balthasar, Madonna & Child
Season’s greetings to the emulation-curious. The image of a relief is my attempt to match actions to words, part of a career-long struggle to embody Alberti’s multi-faceted artist. But it is, more importantly, a musing on Peace, on Cusa’s concordance of differences, and an homage to a new Pope who seems to be uniquely capable of matching mission and message. As I wrote upon his election, there is no inherent conflict between a poor church and Beauty; St. Francis himself knew that. For a sobering take on what happens when there is too much money sloshing around in the arts, I offer this from Jed Perl: