Mother Antonia: Got a little tour of CSC’s Our Lady of Victory chapel from Prof. Maryann Brenden, who has studied both it and M. Antonia, who caused it to be built. The chapel is lavish with tile work by Ernest Batchelder, a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. I’ve read remarks to the effect that M. Antonia, though devoted to classical European art, didn’t know or care much about the art of her own time and place (the chapel was built around 1924). But her clearly wholehearted embrace of Batchelder’s work gives this notion the lie.
Tiles are a theme this week, between the idea of Everything Looks Like a Face as mosaic, and the ornaments of Our Lady of Victory.