The Sadistic Master Painter Encounters The Masochistic Saint: Exhuming the Remains of Caravaggio & Saint Rose of Viterbo

On February 20th, 2019 a London art gallery officially announced that a 5 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide painting (shown above) that was found encrusted with grime and dust as well as stained by a water leak in the attic of a house in Toulouse, France in 2014 was a piece created by the man believed by many to be the most important artist from the Italian Renaissance, the master painter known as Caravaggio.

In 2010, a similar themed story emerged about the master painter that was far more personalized, given yet another find that was intimately associated with the life of this incomparable artist was re-discovered that year – his body.

In honor of the rediscovery of all and any things Caravaggesque, I re-present my 2010 piece written about exhuming the remains of both the master painter and those of the masochistic saint, Rose of Viterbo.

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Brad Kronen Explores Holidays that are Holy Days with his book “The Astrology of Easter & Other Holy-Days”

Did you ever wonder why Christmas falls on the same day of the year but Easter doesn’t?

Why does Easter have bunnies delivering eggs? Bunnies don’t lay eggs….do they?

What’s with all the pastels?

Why is lamb eaten at Easter and not rabbit?

These and many other nagging holiday questions are addressed in Brad Kronen’s book “The Astrology of Easter & Other Holy-days”. And Kronen doesn’t put all of his eggs in just one holiday basket. The renowned astrologer looks at other holidays that are considered religious “holy-days” which admittedly are obscure and barely known by the general public but are rich in traditions based in religion, history, and astrology as well. Holy-days such as:

St. Patrick’s Day, Michaelmas, as well as the Feast of St. Lucy.

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