Byzantine through Baroque
The Man, the Myth
Andrew Braun is really not as conceited as his title implies, but when he writes about himself in the third person he likes to have some fun with the idea. A student of History, Sociology of Religion, and Writing at Geneva College, he loves learning about everything, but art tends to baffle him. He does what he can, however, and enjoys smoking a pipe, sipping a whisky, and pretending he’s more philosophical than he actually is.
If you start talking to him about something he knows a lot about and enjoys, he has enough to hold you hostage for days, until you become a brain-dead (but very knowledgeable) zombie with only enough vocabulary left to say such essential phrases as, “That’s interesting,”
“Mm-hm. Cool,” “Wow, I never thought of that before,” and “Do you REALLY think squirrels are responsible for all the most heinous crimes in human history?”
He gets that last one entirely too often.
His approach to the topic of Mary is largely thematic, focusing on artistic representations of the Virgin Mary on the Holy Family’s Biblical flight to Egypt from the Byzantine period through the Baroque. The development of artistic style is something of a subtheme in his arrangement, but mostly he prefers to examine the individual traits and historical background of individual paintings.