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The True Presence of the Eucharist can be one of the hardest things to accept. I mean you look at it and it looks like a mere piece of bread - a flattened one at that. You taste it and it tastes like it needs some seasoning or butter.
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...at Chiesa Nuova, painted between 1583-86 for the Oratorians of St. Philip Neri. One of my favorite things about Barocci's paintings are the unbelievable details and layers of meaning embedded within each piece. Honestly, I could come back to this altarpiece day after day and - if my Christian theology/imagery were up to par for a Renaissance/Baroque art historian - still find something new each time. Photographie du Jour