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The Art of the Sacred explores the relationship between religion and the visual arts - and vice versa - within Christianity and other major religious traditions. It identifies and describes the main historical, theological, sociological and aesthetic dimensions of 'religious' art, with particular attention to 'popular' as well as 'high' culture, and within societies of the developing world.
                                   
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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

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This edition's theme: "The Art of the Sacred"
Volume 11 No. 5

           

Russia's Miraculous Images
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” As Our Lady of Vladimir raises up her hands with a powerful gesture in a prayer of intercession, the Russian people receive the blessing of God's eternal Word through an icon bearing her image. And so it has been for 10 centuries.

                           
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Tradition, Tradition, Tradition
While many people around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas this month, Jews are preparing to celebrate their annual festival of Chanukah–the Festival of Lights–which sometimes coincides with the Christmas season. But that’s where the similarity ends.

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A 400-Year-Old Tradition
Latinos, especially those living in New Mexico, venerate wooden statues called santos. These sculptures lie at the very heart of a 400-year-old cultural tradition. They’ve existed for centuries, ever since the early Spanish Colonial era.

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Creativity Reigns in Mexican Nacimientos
Throughout the world at Christmas, many people set up a nativity scene. Most common are the 14-piece sets found in all Christmas departments of discount stores. But to the Mexicans, the nativity scene, called a nacimiento, has become much more. It’s a display of handmade and bought figures placed in elaborate scenery which has become an extension of their faith in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

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Collecting Islamic Prayer Rugs
In June 1325, a 21-year-old man known as Ibn Battuta set out on a journey of a lifetime that would last more than 30 years and span the globe. He had little money and just a few cherished possessions, among them a prayer rug. He carried this wherever he went, for it was his companion.

                          
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The Stained Glass Jewels of Bryn Athyn
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Set in the northern suburbs bordering the City of Philadelphia lies Bryn Athyn, a quiet Pennsylvania town and home to a magnificent Gothic-style cathedral. Within its confines are jewels the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Middle Ages—its stained glass windows.
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The Soul of the Universe
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As Buddhist monks traveled the Silk Road, a major trade route through Asia, they brought Buddhism to many other lands. They carried mandalas–-complex works of religious art—with them and brought the practice of creating these works of art to other parts of Asia. The earliest evidence of Buddhist mandala art dates to the first century B.C.E. but appears in other regions, such as Tibet, China, and Japan by the fourth century.
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Shipwreck With $17 Billion of Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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British Descendant Donates Silver Teapot to Colonial Williamsburg Museum

A neoclassical teapot, made in London in 1771 by the Swedish-born silversmith Andrew Fogelberg, carries the family crest of the Scottish nobleman John Murray, Lord Dunmore.       Learn more

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