I will be honest that I wasn't super psyched by the majority of what I saw, but I did enjoy a few gems that they thought to include.
First up on the docket is this replica of a tomb decoration. Wanna take a guess as to what it's depicting?
Anyway, the fact that this artifact exists dispels the notion that the tradition of the Magi is a modern invention.
The next piece is depicting St. Peter's crucifixion. The detail is pretty stunning:
After making my way through the early tomb art, I found myself surrounded by reliquaries. This part was pretty epic because I got to one of the most intricate reliquaries I'd ever seen before, and it belongs to St. Teresa of Avila:
That being said, I did find some gorgeous paintings to share with you!
What's interesting about these paintings is that they were many times collaborations between artists. One who specialized in nature would paint the garland while one who specialized in figures would paint the interior scene (or vice versa). I thought that was a pretty cool concept given that most painters prefer to have their work solely their own.
Anyhow, this one was painted by Daniel Seghers and it depicts the vision of St. Philip Neri.
This next one is just too magnificent for words. It's my 2nd favorite painting in the entire exhibit and I'm still left a bit heady from it!
But in truth, there is a very deep theological truth here. Jesus certainly has His own power over death, but His power lies in His complete and total trust in the Power and Plan of His Father. God, in turn, repays that trust with His Divine Strength.
And the way this artist chose to paint the Father... almost as a mountain! His cloak billows behind Him, making Him appear twice as large and the alb is brown like the land. It's all just so incredible. It's such a tender, loving moment between Father and Son that even the Holy Spirit (always present) takes a backseat.
Anyhow, I'll leave you with that for now. I took well over 200 pictures, though, so expect one or two more of these before I'm through!