Category The Brush

See The Faith: Apocalypse

I completed this 23×30 Apocalypse in egg tempera at the end of 2013. Originally posted on my facebook page, the different descriptions are presented here in full. This work is divided into three conjoined paintings, each depicting a different state: heaven, earth, and hell. The first painting (top) shows Christ as the image of the Father […]

Refining the Crudeness of Symbolism: An Analysis of William Carlos Williams’ “The Rose”

Dear all, I encourage you to read the following poem by William Carlos Williams, “The Rose,” published in his book Spring and All in 1923. Then take a good look at the 1914 painting “Flowers” by the cubist painter, Juan Gris, which you will find directly after the poem. Having done that, you will be prepared […]

Vampires as Anti-Christ. (Or Why the World Needs the Church to Make Vampire Movies Good Again.)

I think that anyone with discerning taste recognizes that the quality of vampire fiction has fallen sharply, be it in books or in film. This video from Cracked.com has a very interesting take on it. * Language Warning * * Crudity Warning (I mean, it is about vampires as sex symbols…so obviously. (Of course so […]

Paintings of a Pope

Pope Alexander VI, the great-grandfather of St. Francis Borgia and one of the most prominent popes in history, is unfairly mistreated. The man was a defender of Jews, a steward of liturgy, a good leader, and the one who spread the Faith to South America. But all of this is, unfortunately, often overshadowed by his […]

See the Faith: Sts. Peter and Paul

   The features of St. Peter and St. Paul depicted in each of these four images adhere to some basic principles. Clearly each was intended to stay faithful to some other image, producing a trail of images leading to the first portrait of these holy men. The faces of the princes of the apostles were […]

See the Faith: The Apse of San Clemente

    The Basilica of San Clemente was built in Rome in the Middle Ages. Above the altar in the apse is an expansive mosaic with a crucifix in the center. It aptly illustrates a number of foundational truths about the Catholic faith within the scope of all creation.     The first tenet of the Catholic […]

Hans Holbein’s “The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb” – Jacob T. Reilly

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry which comments on another piece of non-poetry art. In a sense, the musical arrangement of my Sonnet I, by John Henderson, which you can find in both The Song and The Poet section of this blog, can be considered an ekphrastic composition. The word “ekphrastic” comes from the greek word ἔκϕρασις, […]