Interior, Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

We finally were given the opportunity to see the inside of Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, one of the oldest and most historic parishes in St. Louis. Its appearance has changed over the years, first due to the tornado that altered its exterior form from the original design above, and then later in the…

Painting on Stone at the Saint Louis Art Museum

I hope readers can make it out to a fascinating new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum curated by Judy Mann, curator of European Art to 1800 and Research Assistant Andrea Miller, entitled Painting on Stone: Science and the Sacred, 1530-1800. While we usually think of painting as an art form created on canvas…

Twenty Years Since 9/11, Revisiting Washington, DC, Part Two

We crossed over the Memorial Bridge into the Commonwealth of Virginia, and picked up the Metro to head to Alexandria and meet up with an old professor friend of mine. The Metro used to be the pride and joy of Washington, DC, but I was shocked at how far it had fallen. While it had…

Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati

We head across the Ohio River into Cincinnati and come to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, which is perhaps one of the more uniquely named seats of an archbishop in the United States. It is a very old building, whose cornerstone was laid in 1841, but has received an extensive renovation in…

The Old Cathedral, Interior

I already discussed the copy of the Velázquez two days ago, so we’re going to go around the church and look at some of the other works of art in the newly refurbished interior of the Old Cathedral. While the high altarpiece Crucifixion is not one of them, many of the others are gifts of…

Old Edison Brothers Warehouse

Constructed by J.C. Penney in 1928-9, then owned by Edison Brothers, this old warehouse is now a hotel whose names changes on a regular basis.

Cherokee Street/Via dei Tribunali

I thought the painting sitting in the window of El Torito Grocery Store looked familiar.  Then I realized it; I had seen a similar composition, a scene of presumably the Virgin and Child saving souls from Purgatory, in the chapel of a church on the Via dei Tribunali, in Naples, Italy.

Interior, Cathedral, Milan

Update: These pictures are really blurry; I probably wouldn’t post these in 2020 or later. The interior of Milan Cathedral is probably the darkest place I’ve ever tried to photograph; it is downright cavernous with minimal light.  I hope these pictures give you some sense of the experience. Huge paintings block out the spaces in…