Category Archives: The Coffee Table

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A wondrous comet appeared…

In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs appeared in the  City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval … Continue reading

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The Oratorio of Joy

The avid visitor to the living room may have noticed the previous Christmas themes and posts. For me this is a time of stillness and magic, precious with nature preparing for winter and wonders of the sacred being felt closer … Continue reading

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Christmas Concerto

This is a beautiful find… The Corelli Christmas Concerto from the early 18th century, played on original instruments…and it makes my soul dance

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For the first Sunday in Advent…

The first Sunday in Advent calls for Bach (BWV 62 ” Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland” And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!’ (Mk 13,37)

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Be joyful…

Once again the mystery and magic of Christmas can be felt all around us. We may have become a bit cynical about the commercial aspects of season’s giving, but all the hectic and noise are a useful contrast to what … Continue reading

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I have been drawn to this wondrous piece of art work Jan Van Eyck’s ” Crucifixion and Last Judgement” Today is the feast of Epiphany. Where I live the church year is still observed and January 6th, the Feast of … Continue reading

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Queen of Heaven

Another beautiful Van Eyck Madonna Enjoy with a piece of Mozart (click embedded player at the bottom of the page)   W.A. Mozart Missa brevis, C-Major (Spatzenmesse)

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Our life, our sweetness and hope

A picture of completeness with the Divine Mother in it’s centre. Enjoy with a Gregorian Meditation… MADONNA OF THE ROSE GRADEN (ca 1440) STEFAN LOCHNER (b. ca. 1400, Meersburg am Bodensee, d. 1451, Köln) Salve Regina mater misericordiae vita dulcedo … Continue reading

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The gate of the rising sun

For the lover of mystery, mysticism and music: Vespro della Beata Vegine Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Conducted byNikolaus Harnoncourt ” Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool” …Loosen the chains of the guilty, give light the … Continue reading

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Behold, you have been raised above the choir of angels

Geertgen tot Sin’s Madonna with child, ca 1480 in the Netherlands,  about 40 years after Van Eycks death. Fascinating symbolism, complemented by the sacred music of a 16th century Venetian…. Giovanni Gabrieli: Beata es virgo Maria Latin text Beata es, … Continue reading

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