Jacopo Ligozzi: Christ Carrying the Cross (1604)

The Power of Narrative Painting Much has been written about Jacopo Ligozzi’s Christ Carrying the Cross, a dramatic narrative portrayal of Christ surrounded by his persecutors and onlookers on the way to Calvary. I did not understand the power of this painting until studying the enlarged details in the face of Christ. With close proximity,…

Albrecht Dürer: Saint Eustace (c.1501)

“According to the legend, a Roman soldier called Placidas saw a vision of the crucified Christ appear between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. Upon hearing God’s voice spoken by the animal, ‘O Placidas, why pursuest thou me?’” Even if you don’t know the name, chances are you’ve seen a reproduction of one…

Luys Milán: El Maestro for Renaissance Vihuela

I’ve Created A Monster It all started with one music video. I enjoyed this music very much but knew nothing about the vihuela or Renaissance music in general. To remediate my own educational gaps, I started reading. As usual, the more I learn about the culture and history, the more I appreciate the music, and…