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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Brad Kronen Explores Mystical Catholicism in his book “The Mysticism of Mary”

Did you know the Virgin Mary has a special kind of haunting called a “Marian Apparition”? Did you also know many of those whom the Mother of Christ appears before end up being “incorruptible”, meaning their bodies don’t rot after they die? Rip my heart out and call me incorruptible! This non-decomposing fun fact and so much more is covered in Brad’s latest book, “The Mysticism of Mary” a fascinating and detailed look at the Catholic Church’s force of the ancient feminine better known as Mary.

And who wants to make a bet about their knowing the correct definition of the term “Immaculate Conception” but after reading Brad’s book they now know better?

Organized Religion…..never a dull moment.

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Brad Kronen guest stars on the Sixth Sense Society’s Valentine’s Day Show!

    Well folks, ‘tis that baby breath’d, chocolate covered time of year again, and this year Brad is going public with his words of astrological wisdom regarding Valentine’s Day.  In view of his 12 astrological dating guides entitled “Love in the Stars” Brad guest stars on “The Sixth Sense Society” with Hosts Krista, Michael, […]

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Brad Kronen Presents his two books to counterbalance the Jupiterian Year of 2019 – “A Series of Unfortunate Sagittarian Events: Parts I & II”

  Throughout the near entirety of the calendar year of 2019, the planet associated with Luck and Good Fortune called the “The Great Benefic” otherwise known as Jupiter will be transiting through the sign the King of Planets naturally rules over, Sagittarius. With this double emphasis of the lucky planet travelling through the lucky sign, […]

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Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Brad Kronen Announces his Book, “The Ethics of Auschwitz”

Both Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe are two 20th century religious people whose lives the Catholic Church have venerated under a particular subcategory known as “the Auschwitz saints”. August 9th marks the feast day of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross better known by her birth name of Saint Edith Stein and Saint Maxmilian Kolbe’s feast day follows 5 days later on August 14th.

In this fascinating and uniquely provocative book, Brad Kronen supports his belief that only by remembering the horrors from a not so civil time in the not so distant past can the modern world ensure itself a more civil, ethical, and globally humanist future.

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