Quick Guide to Bangkok Temples

For many, Bangkok evokes images of soaring skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, drag shows, and sordid bar scenes.  Tucked away amidst the chaos, however, are Bangkok’s historic temples – the cultural heart of the city.

In visiting temples in Thailand, try to take time to immerse yourself.  Meditate in the halls, admire the murals, stroll amidst the forest of soaring stupas, enjoy the lingering scent of incense…..

Churning of the Ocean of Milk – Angkor Wat

Every religion has its angels and demons, always at war, struggling to overcome one another.  But what if there was a peace between these two eternal antagonists?  The ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, tells one such story. The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, a story of gods (the Devas) and demons (the Asuras) working together to recover the lost elixir of immortality.  It is this scene that captured the imagination of the Khmer builders of Angkor Wat….

Art of the Plague Saint: Tintoretto at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

In 1575, Tintoretto began work on his masterpiece – the monumental narrative paintings decorating the chapter hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.  This was no ordinary commission.  The Scuola Grande was one of the most prestigious institutions in Venice and the custodian of the relics of Saint Roch, the patron saint of plague victims.  Over the next six years, Tintoretto would paint 33 monumental works to fill the massive chapter hall, decorating every surface but the floor…

Night to Day and Dusk to Dawn: Michelangelo’s Meditations on Death

 “The Day and the Night speak thus:  We, in our swift course, have brought Duke Giuliano to his death…..  In revenge… he has taken the light from us.  With his closed eyes, he has closed ours, and we shall no longer look upon the earth.”  This is a poem composed by Michelangelo Buonarotti on the margins of an architectural study for the Medici tombs, the site of some of his most famous sculptures.  Here, Michelangelo translated poetry into marble….

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