Beauty — centimetres within reach – Vatican News

THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS VATICAN VATICAN MUSEUMS ART #CELATAPULCHRITUDO Beauty — centimetres within reach Twenty meters above the splendid cosmatesque pavement of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s brushstrokes can be admired up close — the Maestro’s imprints left in the plaster. Vatican News takes you on a unique visit with the Vatican Museums’ technicians and restoration workers. By Paolo Ondarza – Vatican City In times past, a person called a mundator was responsible for taking care of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel and in the adjacent Pauline Chapel and Sala Regia. In 1543, Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese), instituted the position in a motu proprio, thus revealing the pains the Church, and in particular the Vatican Museums, has always taken to preserve, share and inform people about the invaluable cultural and historical heritage of beauty and faith that the Popes collected and safeguarded over the centuries. The mundator After completing the Universal Judgement, Michelangelo had laid down his paintbrushes for only one year when Pope Paul III decided to ensure that this unrepeatable page of painted theology would be dusted periodically, maintaining its splendor unchanged. The task to remove the dust and smoke that had accumulated on the walls was entrusted...

Pope designates buildings near St. John Lateran Basilica for cultural purposes – Vatican News

Pope designates buildings near St. John Lateran Basilica for cultural purposes In a letter addressed to the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis designates the buildings annexed to the Papal Basilica of Saint John Lateran for museum and cultural activities. By Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis has written a letter to the Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, authorizing the use of the buildings attached to the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran as a museum and for culturally-related purposes. “Throughout the centuries, the Church has always worked to promote what is the fruit of the genius and mastery of artists, often as a testimony to experiences of faith and as instruments for giving honor to God,” the Pope’s note reads. “This has been done not only out of love for art, but also to safeguard the cultural heritage in the face of challenges and dangers that would deprive it of its function and value.” The Church, art and beauty Pope Francis notes that this special responsibility, “accompanied by a careful concern to consider places buildings and works as expressions of the human spirit and an integral part of the culture of...

Goodness, Beauty, & Truth: The Obligation of the Catholic Artist

I learned that most adults don’t consider themselves artists, however. And I came to adopt the societal mindset that artists were quirky, starving, and unconventional. About a year ago, I attended a performing arts demonstration about creativity, and I remembered that God is Creator, and that we, as His Image, are co-creators. In a way, […] Source: Goodness, Beauty, & Truth: The Obligation of the Catholic...

New website on art and spirituality – made in Australia

Great leap into the digital world by another senior Salesian By Fr. Elio Capra, SDB Melbourne, Australia, 10 September 2020 — “My dear friends, Being home because of COVID19 gave me extra time to start a website on art and spirituality. The website is called “Art and Soul with Elio”. I would like to make it clear that I am not an art historian. I am presenting from my heart, the ways that art has touched me and what I see and experience when looking at art. While I may discuss the techniques and history related to an art work, my primary focus is the spiritual dimension that the work opens and the way it provokes reflection and prayer. The length of the videos is between 3 to 5 minutes so that they can be used for prayer and reflection in a classroom, staffroom, home or any way you may like. I hope that sharing my thoughts and ideas will prompt you to uncover the spiritual in art as you experience it. This is the address >https://elioartandsoul.wordpress.com/. You may spread the voice about it among your friends, who are interested in arts. I intend to make one new video per...