I am currently running a series on my blog on the Nine Levels of Prayer, which is primarily based on the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. These two saints were Spanish mystics living in the 16th century, and one of the fruits of their work was a flowering of ultra-realistic spiritual artwork throughout Spain, including both paintings and sculptures.
I am very excited to discover that 22 of these works of art will be on display in the coming months at the National Gallery of Art here in Washington DC. Called “The Sacred Made Real,” the exhibit will include works by Diego Velazquez, Francisco de Zurbaran and Juan Martinez Montanes. Coincidentally, my wife happens to be teaching about Velazquez in her art class for my kids. Needless to say, we are soooo going to this exhibit! I look forward to seeing how these great artists make the writings of the great mystical saints tangible.
If you can make it to DC in the coming months, be sure not to miss this exhibit – it promises to be even better than the cherry blossoms!