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CARAVAGGIO’S CRUCIFIXION OF ST PETER

November 16th 2019

“The Crucifixion of St Peter”, Carravaggio, 1602, Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.  In September 1600,  Tiberio Cerasi commissioned two paintings from Caravaggio to decorate the side walls of a chapel he had acquired in the Church of Santa

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CARAVAGGIO’S MARY MAGDALENE

November 8th 2019

“Mary Magdalene”, Caravaggio, 1595/96, Gallerie, Doria Pamphilji, Rome. Were you not given the title you might have thought that this is a young woman who has returned in a bad mood from the local swish party!  Her accessories lie on

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GUERCINO’S MARY MAGDALENE AND TWO ANGELS

November 2nd 2019

“The Penitent Magdalene with Two Angels”, Guercino, c. 1622, Pinacoteca Vaticana.  In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb early and alone  on the first day of the week and finds it empty (Jn 20:1).  Yet the two angels

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CARRAVAGGIO’S THE ENTOMBMENT

October 25th 2019

“The Entombment”, Carravaggio, 1602-04, Vatican Museums.  This altarpiece was originally intended for a side chapel dedicated to the pietà in the newly rebuilt Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (commonly known as the Chiesa Nouva) which was the Church of

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FOLIO 114r FROM THE BOOK OF KELLS

October 18th 2019

“Folio 114r, Book of Kells”,  Trinity College Dublin.  This page illustrates Matthew 26:30: “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”  However, the view of John Obadiah Westwood that this is “a drawing

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GUERCINO’S ST LUKE DISPLAYING A PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN

October 12th 2019

“Saint Luke Displaying a Painting of the Virgin”, Guercino, 1652-53, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.   Originally painted for the Church of San Francesco in Reggio Emilia, this  work was in the collections of the Spencer family from the

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CARAVAGGIO’S ST MATTHEW AND THE ANGEL

October 12th 2019

“St Matthew and the Angel”, Caravaggio, 1602, formerly Kaiser-Friedrich Museum Berlin, destroyed by fire in1945.   Some time after he had completed his “Call of St Matthew” and “Martyrdom of St Matthew” for the lateral walls of the Contarelli Chapel

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CARAVAGGIO’S MADONNA OF THE ROSARY

October 5th 2019

“Madonna of the Rosary”, Caravaggio, 1604/05,  Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Vienna.  There are no less than four Dominicans in this painting, but only two can be identified. St Dominic is on the left and St Peter Martyr is on the right.

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CARAVAGGIO’S ST JEROME IN VALLETTA

September 28th 2019

“St Jerome” 1607/08, Caravaggio, Museum of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta.  St Jerome (c.342-420) was a scholarly priest whose life of prayer and penance led to him being  recognised as a saint.  His translation of the bible into Latin, known

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GUERCINO’S RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON OF 1619

September 14th 2019

“Return of the Prodigal Son”, Guercino, 1619, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.   When Guercino (1591 -1666) painted this image for the Papal Legate to Ferrara, Cardinal Giacomo Serra, he was only 28.  Perhaps, he identified with the subject, as he returns

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Edinburgh Catholic Chaplaincy

The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

The Catholic Chaplaincy is also a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh (the Parish of St Albert the Great) and all Catholic students and staff are automatically members of this parish.

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