Quick Takes: Random Links of Note

After a couple of weeks of thematic Quick Takes, today’s post is a random collection of interesting links that I’ve been saving to share:


                                                       - photo: Our Lady of the Angels website

This week the Washington Post ran an article about Trappist nuns at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Virginia who hand-make gouda cheese.  I spent 7 years down the road in Charlottesville, Virginia, but that was a few years before the nuns arrived.  Luckily, they do mail the cheese.  The monastery’s website is here. Blessed are the Cheesemakers indeed!



Europe is enlisting corporate sponsors to help preserve cultural treasures, with predictable advertising/promotional side effects.  Read the article here.



                                                                                 - photo: medievalists.net

If you have ever found yourself needing medieval Norwegian clothing, there is now a book with sewing patterns so you can make super-authentic reconstructed garments or merely authentic-looking garments (instructions both ways).  Read a review of the book here, and see the publisher’s website here.



There is a new online journal, dedicated to Orthodox art subjects.  It’s called the Orthodox Arts Journal; check it out here.

The new journal is somewhat similar to the online journal for Roman Catholic arts topics, New Liturgical Movement, which you can find here.



                                                                         - photo: wikimedia commons

If you visit St. Andrews, Scotland, you can see the ruins (above) of the former magnificent cathedral.  The church was built 7 centuries ago but left to fall into ruins following the Scottish Reformation.

The University of St. Andrews is celebrating its 600 year anniversary, and one project that is part of the celebration is an online re-creation of the Cathedral with the ability to explore it interactively.

The virtual cathedral is the result of a collaboration between computer scientists, 3D designers, art historians and archaeologists, and is similar to multi-player computer games but differ in the important respect that their appearance, interactive characteristics, content and purpose are all programmable. This technology offers the potential of providing the core of the future 3D Internet.

The above is an excerpt from this article on the history of the Cathedral and the Virtual Cathedral project.  You can also read about the project on the Virtual St. Andrews Cathedral website.



                      -Carlo Crivelli, Saint Stephen, 1476, National Gallery, London

National Gallery London’s published a short online article to educate its patrons about saints they might see in the gallery’s art.  It briefly talks about Making Saints, Recognizing Saints (from their attributes and symbols, such as the rocks in the painting of Saint Stephen, above, which refer to his death by stoning, and the palm he holds, symbol of martyrdom) and Patron Saints.



Have you ever wondered if there was a Catholic way to go on vacation?  Here’s some advice from the Pope.


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