The Passion of Picasso

Article by Ronald Goetz

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was the most influential visual artist of the 20th century. Whether he was also the greatest artist of the century can perhaps be disputed. However, having visited the huge exhibition “Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective,” which ran this summer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, I would offer no argument …

The Power of a Picture: How Protestants Imaged the Gospel

Article by Mark U. Edwards, Jr.

In last year’s election campaign we were reminded that images can overpower words. The U.S. military prohibited the taking of pictures of flag-draped coffins arriving from Iraq even as it freely shared statistics on the number of American dead. It knows that the images are more powerful than the numbers. Digital photographs from Abu Ghraib …

What Rembrandt Saw

Article by Stephanie Dickey

Rembrandt’s Eyes By Simon Schama In this lavish new book, Simon Schama explores the boisterous, dynamic, capitalist society of 17th-century Holland through the eyes of the artist who, more than any other, has become synonymous with its vividly expressive pictorial culture. This biography of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) provides the pretext for a wide-ranging discussion …