There are several exhibits related to our areas of interest around the country. Add more to the comments if you know of them!
At the National Gallery, “Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych”. commented on by R.R. Reno at FT here:
This scene of divine love drawing the Godhead into the wrenching realities of suffering and death finds its complement in the depiction of St. Jerome. It is a medieval and renaissance commonplace to show the somber saint gazing at a skull, recalling the reality of death and judgment. The artist depicts this standard scene but turns St. Jerome’s head away from the skull and directs his gaze toward the scene of the Father receiving the dead Son. St. Jerome’s head is enlarged, his face is tensed, and the veins in his neck bulge. It is as if a vision of the eternal death of the Son so surpasses any thought of his own death that he is about to explode. In this way, St. Jerome seems to represent neither belief nor unbelief, neither joy nor sadness, neither hope nor despair. He is overwhelmed and undone by the mystery of a God who would enter so deeply into suffering and death in order to destroy it finally and completely.
At the Corcoran in DC, "Joan of Arc" , an exhibit partly underwritten by the Knights of Columbus – portions of the exhibit will be on display at the KofC headquarters in New Haven from May through November.
And then, closer to home, In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite
Visit this extremely rare exhibition of 2,000-year-old Roman frescoes that have never before toured the United States. The exhibition consists of more than 70 works of art and artifacts recovered from five ancient Roman villas located in Stabiae, a resort community of lavish summer homes overlooking the Bay of Naples. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, buried Stabiae in ash and pumice, along with the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although life in Stabiae was brought to an abrupt end, the treasures and luxurious living quarters were remarkably preserved.
Speaking of art, if it’s your thing, and you’re not visiting the Lion and the Cardinal regularly – change that. It’s endlessly fascinating. The ongoing "Great Clocks of Christendom," Gaudi’s sketch for a New York City skyscraper, a set of mosaics in a Japanese church made of ….butterfly wings.