SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Arts
May 27, 2022
Michael White
I don’t recall too many conversations in my life beginning with the words: “When I was on the cross last night…”. But there was one the other week in Oberammergau, as the entire Bavarian village geared up for the opening of this year’s Passion Play. It was nigh impossible to walk into a bar or
May 27, 2022
Arabella Byrne
Despite its sexual violence, confused plot and distorted Catholic iconography, Arabella Byrne still admires Abel Ferrara’s latest film ‘Zeros and Ones’
May 02, 2022
Michael White
Covent Garden’s powerful production of “Peter Grimes” pulls no punches, writes Michael White The seaside town of Aldeburgh, in Suffolk, has a little Catholic church with a delightful garden that gets overlooked by visitors. Though many of them come as pilgrims, they are not there for religion. Aldeburgh’s pilgrims come in search of the composer
May 02, 2022
Nick Ripatrazone
Nick Ripatrazone finds the latest series about the artist perfectly depicts the startling paradoxes that guided his life and work The final episode of The Andy Warhol Diaries, a new six-part documentary series on Netflix about the pop artist’s life and work, examines how the HIV/Aids epidemic roiled New York City in the Eighties. Bronx
May 02, 2022
Gertrude Clarke
Raphael was, as Kenneth Clark put it, “one of the civilising forces of the western imagination”. For many of us, he is best known as the painter of exquisite Madonnas, which feature on artistic Christmas cards, their very familiarity preventing us from seeing them properly. Indeed, the two bored cherubs at the base of the
April 29, 2022
Matthew Page
Films on religious subjects can help us understand old stories in new ways, says film historian Matthew Page
April 29, 2022
Archie Hill
The 16 martyrs who were the inspiration for Poulenc’s opera Les Dialogues des Carmélites are on the path to sainthood
April 29, 2022
William Cash
William Cash talks to Mark Wahlberg, the star and producer of Father Stu, about how his Catholic faith impelled him to make the film
March 30, 2022
Nick Ripatrazone
Mark Wahlberg slogs it out in ‘Father Stu’
March 01, 2022
Patrick van der Vorst
Patrick Van der Vorst explains why, if artistic representations of the Stations of the Cross are to be truly affecting, size really does matter
February 28, 2022
Rosemary Hill
Scholars have been going round in circles to divine Stonehenge’s meaning, says Rosemary Hill, and a new exhibition is the latest chapter in the debate
February 28, 2022
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise is delighted by a show that charts the artist’s tortured return to religion
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