ART AND FAITH

Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh at Chicago Art Institute.

Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Art and the church are no strange bedfellows.

Michelangelo worked for the church and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For centuries churches and popes were the greatest patrons of the arts. A few years ago I went to an exhibit that said artists are prophets! Vincent van Gogh hung up his frock after being criticized for fraternizing with his hard working congregation. His painting “The Potato Eaters” is a tribute to the hard work of the common man. Van Gogh considered the “Potato Eaters” his greatest work.

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