New Podcast – Sainte Marie de Souillac


My favorite place in the world is on a small tributary of the river Dordogne  near the town of Lacave, about ten miles from the great pilgrimage site of Rocamadour.  It is the hotel Le Pont de l’Ouysse, which I have been visiting since 1986.  It is my omphalos, the navel of my world, where […]

A New Podcast – the Auvergne – Part 2


Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the spring countryside in the Auvergne with its fields of yellow dandelions, meadows, volcanic peaks and herds of cattle blending peacefully under a deep blue sky. In the fall, the autumn colors fill the valleys and mountains. This central highlands of France is also home to many […]

A New Podcast – the Auvergne – Part 1


Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the spring countryside in the Auvergne with its fields of yellow dandelions, meadows, volcanic peaks and herds of cattle blending peacefully under a deep blue sky. In the fall, the autumn colors fill the valleys and mountains. This central highlands of France is also home to many […]

A New Podcast – the Val d’Aran


In the Middle Ages, there were areas in Europe that existed in an isolation almost inconceivable today. In the center of the Pyrénées, just south to the current border of Spain, is a small east-west valley tucked into the mountains. During the winter snows, the valley is almost completely inaccessible. But in that valley there […]

A New Podcast – Throne of Wisdom


One of our most popular exhibitions is that showing the vierges romanes. These Throne of Wisdom madonnas are captivating and powerful iconographic images of the Romanesque era. Most of these are small (30 inch/76 centimeters), polychrome wooden statues from the 12th and 13th centuries. The Sedes Sapientiae(“Throne of Wisdom”) is an icon of the Mother […]

A New Podcast – Painted Romanesque


We are all accustomed to see Romanesque and Gothic churches with their austere bone-white pillars, walls, and vaulting and assume this look was the intent of the builders. When modern churches in the classical style are built, they usually follow this aesthetic guideline. The truth is that the medieval churches were often brightly painted with […]

New Podcast Episode – Madeleine’s Basilica in Vézelay – Part 1


PJ and Dennis Aubrey discuss the famous Basilique Sainte Madeleine in Vézelay, France, one of the greatest Romanesque churches in the world. They have probably spent more time here than in any other church in France and their experiences range from days of perfection in photography to moments of the most personal spiritual reflection. https://vialucispress.podbean.com/mf/play/9cg93k/Ve_zelay_Episode_1_Master.mp3 […]