No time, as usual, but:
1. The always interesting Simcha Fisher wonders about rules for religious art. Her illustrations are illuminating. One thought to add: Sacred art is perhaps more tied to conventions than any other kind of art, if only because the sacred artist is by the nature of his art trying to communicate some specific information, in addition to any attempts at more purely artistic expression. The extreme case is probably traditional religious icons, where just about everything is stylized and governed by rules that, if violated, tend to cause consternation or even outrage in the viewer. One of the more interesting things to notice in art history is the careful way artists over the 14th to 19th century experiment with pushing the boundaries a little while making sure the basic religious ideas get across. Their audiences (and patrons!) better be able to see what the art is about at a glance – as long as they can, the artist was free to try stuff.
2. Over at Darwin Catholic, Mr and Mrs Darwin are listing 5 books they plan to read this year, which strikes me as a very good idea.
Have more to say, maybe later.