Suddenly, it's 'bigoted' to be Swedish

by Marisa Martin -- In the drive for Scandinavian culture to utterly annihilate itself as fast as possible, let it never be said that art galleries and institutions failed to do their more…

Whose idea was it to return Nazi art loot?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_565537" align="alignright" width="254" caption="American soldier keeps watch over repatriated Venus, WWII"][/caption] A set of photographs from U.S. military archives serves notice on 30 years of revisionist art more…

William Blake: Tea-party inspiration

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_551029" align="alignright" width="317" caption="America a Prophecy, 1793, William Blake"][/caption] Impiously devout poet and artist William Blake never expected to live very long. Needling the high and mighty more…

Art and worship: Painting from the pulpit

by Marisa Martin -- Scott Erickson had what Christian painters may consider the world's most desirable job as official "artist in residence" at a large Houston, Texas, church. He was paid and more…

Celebrated Jewish artist paints Jesus

by Marisa Martin -- The most famed Jewish artist in history created more than 100 startling crucifixion scenes, but didn't anyone think to ask him, "Why?" Marc Chagall's joyously chaotic paintings remained more…

Art and not-so-filthy lucre

by Marisa Martin -- Could capitalism become an artist's best friend? Masses of young emerging artists and newly defunded ones may be hoping so. Social media and Internet platforms are offering artists more…

Jesus meets the Beatles

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_530499" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Kata Billups"][/caption] Kata Billups helped Jesus to join the Beatles and appear with them on the Ed Sullivan Show – but only on canvas. more…

How much would Jesus weigh?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_525325" align="alignright" width="249" caption=""Paraja Ballando" by Botero"][/caption] Fernando Botero is a famed Columbian artist whose distinctive mark is pounds upon pounds of saggy, surplus human flesh. Every more…

Walls come down in Jerusalem – for the arts

by Marisa Martin -- "The physical act of 'conception' in holiness is a very high spiritual dimension and ultimately beyond what we can possibly conceive" – David Baruch Wolk Jerusalem, the most more…