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9 Celebrities who have made the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

The Camino remains one of the most popular pilgrimages, drawing hundreds of thousands each year.

The meaning of rocks in Christian art

In Christian art, rocks rock.

The curious place of apes in Christian art

Apes often appear in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, mostly parodying human actions.

Loose, flowing hair is a symbol of penitence in Christian art

“She began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head.”

Why did Elisha refuse Naaman’s gift?

“There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

The first painting of any of Jesus’ miracles dates from the 3rd century

One of the murals painted in the Dura-Europos house church in Syria, the healing of the paralytic, might be the earliest representation of a miracle in Christian art.

The Romans built the Rotunda of St. George to last

Erected in the 4th century, this ancient church still functions.

Thorvaldsen’s “Christus” was once considered “the most perfect statue of Christ in the world”

The work of the Danish master sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, this statue is one of the peaks of neoclassical art.

If the devil was an angel, why is he represented as a monster?

A brief look at some aspects of the Western history of the notion of beauty might explain some of the key features of demonic iconography.