Bees and Icons

The respect bees have for holy icons: In the region of Kapandriti near Athens, a wonderful thing happens. Ten years ago, a devout beekeeper named Isidoros Ţiminis, thought to place in one of his hives an icon of the Crucifixion of the Lord. Soon thereafter, when he opened the hive, he was amazed that the…

Crucifixion Art No Longer Commands Auction Prices

Paintings and sculptures of what may be the most iconic scene in the history of art — the crucifixion of Jesus — are no longer commanding the auction prices they once did. While it’s common for individual works to occasionally sell for less than they are worth, consider: In January, a late 14th-century Florentine painting…

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows refers to the sorrows in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary which are a popular devotion and are frequently depicted in art. It is a common devotion for Catholics to say daily one Our Father…

An Icon of the Beheading of John the Baptist

Via An Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons: The 29th of August commemorates the Beheading of John the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ. Above is an icon of The Head of St John the Forerunner (Глава Cв Иоанна Предтечи), a type of icon which flourished within the Russian Empire during the 19th century. A few other…