“Spectatio divina” … holy looking. I created this phrase to describe a discipline I want to pursue in my life. I want to take time to look—really look—at the world around me and be open to see something of God in what my eyes take in. One part of this pursuit entails taking a closer and more personal look at some artworks. What can they tell me about God? What can they tell me about who I am? How do they challenge me as I pursue or follow God in my life?

I am an art historian by profession, but what I do here is decidedly not art history. In art history, we analyze a work of art in a specific historical context in order to uncover its meaning and significance in that time and place. In this blog, however, I am taking a much more personal look at the artwork. And I make no claim that these personal observations reflect any historical understanding of the artwork. That said, I do use some of the same skills of formal and critical analysis that I use in my day job and I do bring what I know about the artist and iconography to bear on my reflections. This is a way that I can bring all that intellectual work I do in the classroom and in my scholarship back “home”—back to who I am as a human being.

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4 Responses to “About this blog …”

  1. Thom Hickey Says:

    Pleased to have found your intriguing blog. Looking forward to further reading. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.


  2. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful blog. Your words have inspired and guided me into my own practice of holy looking. ✨

    Warm easter greetings to you…


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