Michael Morris, O.P.

Rev. Michael Morris, O.P., is professor of Art History at Berkeley and author of a monthly column on sacred art in Magnificat.

Articles by Michael Morris, O.P.

How Sacred Art Fits into the Devotional Life

The author of this book, Roger Homan, is professor of religious studies at the University of Brighton in England. For Anglophiles the slim volume will prove to be an absolute treat, for Professor Homan casts new light on English figures and subject matter seldom treated in general surveys of Christian art and architecture.  This is done, however, at the expense of omitting major figures and monuments from the modern movement on the Continent and in America, thus rendering the book either extremely chauvinistic or the right book with the wrong title.

Pontifical Patronage

REJOICE! is a very dumb title for a very smart book. The Rizzoli publication, which is a compilation of twentyfour essays by a variety of Italian scholars, looks at 700 years of papal artistic patronage for the Jubilee Years that brought pilgrims from around the world to Rome. The superbly illustrated coffee-table book covers both art and architecture.

Painting the End of Time

Few scenes are more compelling in Renaissance art than depictions of the Apocalypse and Last Judgment. But before Michelangelo, two artists embarked upon a program depicting the End of Time for the Cathedral of Orvieto.

Poets and Madmen

Artists, like pedigree dogs, go in and out of fashion.