Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is

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Blurring the lines between rulers and saints

Separated by 250 miles, the sculptures and the exhibits containing them have a good deal to say to one another and collectively shed light on two lesser-known Renaissance artists, who deserve recognition outside the shadows of their illustrious students and teachers. 

Images in conversation: 'Power Couples' exhibit shows symbolism in pairs

Art: The exhibit "Power Couples" at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts focuses on the diptych or pendant, a centuries-old format that uncovers meaning through juxtaposing two pictures.

Exhibit suggests 'peaceful pluralism' among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans

"The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East" offers a potential historical interpretation of Jews, Christians and polytheists living in "peaceful pluralism" on sites like Dura-Europos in present-day Syria.

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

Shopping at Walmart a few years ago, David Morgan saw a statuette of Santa Claus praying on one knee before a cross and knew he had to have it.