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Writing Necessities.

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Over these last few weeks, I have committed a large portion of my free-time to reading and writing. I’m glad to say that it’s really going well thanks to these must-haves.

A Very Sad Day.

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This week has had it’s ups and downs and I apologize to all of my faithful readers who have not been updated with new blog posts. I will be posting some tomorrow. Today, I found out that a friend of mine that I have known since the 3rd grade passed away. Sadly he was shot in the chest after a dispute with someone else. 

It’s sad that nowadays, you have to fear for your life after a petty argument or confrontation. It has hit everyone who knows him very hard because he was so outgoing that most of us had talked to or seen him within the last 3 months or so. 

His family is in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

Journeys With The Messiah Project: Part III

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Part Three of Journeys with the Messiah.

The Journeys with the Messiah Project: Part II

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Part two of Journeys with the Messiah by fashion photographer Michael Belk.

The Journeys with the Messiah Project: Part I

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Journeys with the Messiah by fashion photographer Michael Belk. For more photographs, click here!

My Favorite Religious-Based Artwork: Part II

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The Sistine Ceiling at The Sistine Chapel (1508-1512, Vatican City, Rome, Italy)

I just wanted to post some of my favorite art pieces; I really don’t want to go into detail about each one as art historian would, so I will try to simplify my writing.

When I think about the Sistine Chapel, my mind automatically goes to the ceiling that is home to “The Creation of Adam”, the infamous portrait of God extending his finger to meet Adam’s. I always imagined the force that would erupt once the two fingers touched. Although that may be the most popular there are many beautiful depictions of the bible that are featured throughout the hundreds of frescoes. Above, I’ve included some photographs that you may like to see.

Like the Pieta, I find the interior of the Sistine chapel to be another gift shared with us. Michelangelo, known as a talented sculptor, single-handedly painted the walls himself without seeking extra hands so that the entire painting looked consistent. It is beyond amazing to me. I don’t know who to thank more, Michelangelo or Pope Julius II for commissioning the work.

 

My Favorite Religious-Based Artwork: Part I

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[La] Pieta (pity in Italian) was created by Italian artist Michelangelo in during the High Renaissance (1498-1499, some say 1500). The marble sculpture was commissioned by ST. Peters of the French Cardinal Jean de Billheres for his tomb at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The piece depicts an intimate moment as Mary Magdalene holds her son, Jesus Christ, in her arms after his crucifixion. I remember reading that art critics pointed out that the size of a grown Jesus Christ was not in proportion to his mother’s body (his body looked significantly smaller than hers). I thought, “Who cares?”. It’s a breathtaking piece that truly shows the creativity of one individual. It brings to life a dramatic scene that has been depicted in photos and movies, but somehow this one is the favorite of many. With the obvious attention to detail and the level of skill that Pieta displays, I first fell in love with the sculpture because of the drapery of Mary’s dress. It seemed life-like and difficult to master with marble…and he was only 23 years of age.