Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Carpeaux's "Mater Dolorosa," 1870. (Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.April 22, 2014
His parents were horrible people. He was sickly all his life, dying eventually of an excruciating bladder cancer at only 48. His emotional life was often ungovernable. His at first rapturous marriage to a beautiful young aristocrat far above his station was plagued by suspicion, jealousy and outrigh
“The Toilet of the Princess,” attributed to John Vanderbank (active ca. 1680-1717)
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.December 12, 2013
Well before globalization and technology unified the world, trade in textiles wove it both practically and sumptuously together.
Captain Charles A. and Sergeant John M. Hawkins, Company E, “Tom Cobb Infantry,” Thirty-eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, 1861–62
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.July 23, 2013
For students of the American Civil War, it’s hard to imagine a better classroom this summer than the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Two sterling exhibitions there, one entirely devoted to photography, the other chiefly to painting, illumine the years from the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, So
Adoration of the Magi, c. 1514
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.March 18, 2013
You’ve probably noticed that in many paintings of the Adoration of the Magi, the youngest of the three kings is a black man. You may know that this convention began in the last quarter of the 15th century, and also that “Balthazar,” as he came to be named, represented Africa, while
"Berlin Abstraction," by Marsden Hartley (1914-1915)
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.March 05, 2013
Delighting in the revelations of “Inventing Abstraction,” now at MOMA
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.December 17, 2012
This advent, look to John the Baptist as a model for Christian life today.
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.November 26, 2012

The hard-won art of Ferdinand Hodler

Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.November 12, 2012

How long do you look at a Warhol painting? You get the point almost immediately.

Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.July 16, 2012

The Barnes Foundation's new Philadelphia campus

Faith Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.October 31, 2011

In a new exhibit of Rembrandt's painting, the face of Jesus is hauntingly present.