Thus begins my last full day on the road.
Yesterday we were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here is a nice little Sienese Madonna and Child by a favorite of mine, Sano di Pietro (+1481). I’m thinking his workshop did this one.
It is unusual for its round, tondo format.
Note, however, the Christological Goldfinch!
The tulips are blooming along Park Avenue (on the way to Pastrami Queen on Lexington).
Tonight we are going to a gala/fundraiser for the Monks at Norcia. His Eminence Card. Burke will be there. I was told by Fr. Benedict the other day (we were on the same airplane together) that they have shipped in 15 cases of Norcia beer! What a treat.
More on that later.
Meanwhile, isn’t she lovely?
These wonderful devotional figures were carved from ivory and were meant for private contemplation. It is good simply to be quiet and still with holy images. A trip to a museum can be a kind of pilgrimage, if you are patient.
Notice how she is crushing a slithery chimerical figure under her feet.