|Hoop Der Hopelo, Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Belgium.|
"What's a sweetheart like you doing in the dump like this?" asked Bob Dylan.
As a Calvinist, I have always struggled with icons as works of art. For Rome, which considered me accursed because of my Protestant view, the icons of their canonized saints are subjects of obsessive adulation. Yet as an artist, I can't help but admire the masterful techniques of the artists who made these fascinating icons. Consider the Lady in this image. Is she about to bow down in reverence and humility to her Creator? Or is she welcoming the faithful people who have asked for her intercession? Or both? I wonder.
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