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Arts
December 24, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Chapter House columnists and contributors to this page share their favorite Christmas story, book, movie, or music.
December 08, 2020
David Kilby
The film shares the life of Father Peyton through archival footage and contemporary interviews.
December 07, 2020
Michael Duggan
Seamus Heaney drifted from the Church, but his poetry offers a link to the past
November 15, 2020
Tristram Hunt
The culture of patronage in the arts has been fundamental to the Church
November 07, 2020
Jacob Phillips
The supposedly ‘boring and suburban’ style reflects English self-confidence and a spirit of moderation, argues Jacob Phillips
October 12, 2020
Thomas Hibbs
David Fincher’s The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, turns 10 this autumn. In its focus on the origins of Facebook it seems rather quaint and dated; yet, in its depiction of the new meritocracy and the peculiar character formation of the techie world, it is perhaps more relevant today than
October 07, 2020
Melanie McDonagh
The exhibition explains the Christian concept of sin and salvation to an audience that may never have heard it before
September 29, 2020
Fr Michael Ward
Seventy years ago, in October 1950, a book bearing a curious title was published: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first of CS Lewis’s seven Chronicles of Narnia, it soon established itself as a classic of children’s fiction and has now sold untold millions around the world in more than 40 languages. In
September 29, 2020
Gertrude Clarke
It’s the stuff of feminist polemic: what might female painters have achieved in history if they only had had the opportunities that men did? Artemisia Gentileschi shows what one woman achieved: she was not the only notable female painter in Italy in the seventeenth century but she was valued highly in her own lifetime in
September 21, 2020
David Crystal
A word? Well, it was voted “word of the year” by the American Dialect Society in 1998, because it was becoming increasingly used in such expressions as email and e-business – “e” being short for electronic. But for most of us, e is just a letter – though in English an especially interesting one. I’m
September 18, 2020
David V Barrett
Aubrey Beardsley’s work is instantly recognisable: sweeping, sinuous black lines, sensual, mythological, with a haunting beauty all of its own. The new exhibition of his work at Tate Britain is the first there in almost a century, and the largest anywhere in 50 years. And it’s a delight to see. As well as covering his
September 11, 2020
Harry Cluff
In mid-20th-century American art, Mark Rothko’s work is the best-known example of abstract expressionism. Famous for his featureless clouds of colour, his rejection of form and his belief that abstract images can – in his friend Adolph Gottlieb’s words – “simply express complex thoughts”, Rothko is often assumed to be an individualist who broke with