Author Archives: Ryan Grant

Vermeer: Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

I have mostly covered art in Italy, and for good reason, Italy is seemingly unbeatable. Yet, there is another art tradition, whose Renaissance predates Italy’s, that might be the sole rival in classic European oil painting, and that is the Netherlands. Previously, I talked a little about Rubens (here), but today we are going a […]

The attack on Michael Voris

“And the church more or less shrugs and say, “Look, we don’t take our agenda from the polls. We don’t take our agenda from what the world is saying. Our agenda is given to us by the God who made us, and we must be faithful to him instead of what we’re– what we’re hearing’ […]

For the feast of St. Matthew, Caravaggio's Contarelli Chapel

The last time I took up Caravaggio’s works, we traced him running from Papal justice and then running from the Knights of Malta, while having painted the biggest painting of his career. In that post, I made allusions to Caravaggio’s devices in the Martyrdom of St. Matthew. Here I have chosen to unpack these for […]

Aude Sapere Podcast 004 – Scottish Independence

Download                  Play in New Window If you have seen the news about the Scottish Independence referendum and wondered, “How did Scotland get in the Union anyway? Why are they trying to leave?” Today we will trace the origins of Scotland’s inclusion in the UK, in all of the gory details. Join us, as we go […]

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Rewritten from a post by the same title on the Old Athanasius Contra Mundum, 14 September 2009. Today is the feast of the exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is a distinct feast from the finding of the true Cross by St. Helena, which is commemorated in March. This feast, commemorates the victory of the […]

Aude Sapere Podcast 003 – Why Catholics should care about 9-11

Download                   Play in new window Today we give a basic overview of lingering issues concerning 9/11 and address the question: What is conspiracy theory? Have there been proven conspiracies before? Is 9/11 a conspiracy? More importantly, why should Catholics care about 9/11? Join us. Recensio Brief history of false flag attacks Japanese blew up their […]

Book Review: Peter Paul Rubens: Master of Shadows

Today when we think of artists, we often think of emotionally or psychologically disturbed individuals, staking out radical positions, challenging authority, championing unpopular issues, or in general just being rebels. This however, is not what artists were in the 17 and 18th century, with the exception of notable figures like Caravaggio and Rembrandt, or we […]

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