November 28, 2022

Feast of Santa Caterina Labouré

Santa Caterina Labouré, ora pro nobis
November 28th is the Feast of St. Catherine Labouré, Virgin, Marian Visionary, Messenger of Grace, and Sister of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. She is the patron saint of the elderly and infirm people. In 1830 Our Lady manifested herself to St. Catherine and entrusted her to have a medal struck modeled on the vision. As promised by Our Lady, all who wear with confidence the Miraculous Medal, as it would soon be called, will receive great graces. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Catherine Labouré. Pictured is my makeshift shrine. Evviva Santa Caterina Labouré!

Prayer to St. Catherine Labouré


Saint Catherine Labouré, thou wast the chosen confidant of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She revealed to thee her desire that her children wear the Miraculous Medal as a mark of their love for her and in honor of her Immaculate Conception.


Intercede for us, that we may follow our heavenly mother's desires. Ask that we may receive those special graces which flow from her motherly hands like rays of light. Amen.

Feast of San Giacomo della Marca

San Giacomo della Marca, ora pro nobis
November 28th is the Feast of San Giacomo della Marca (St. James of the Marches), Missionary and Miracle worker. Counted among the many co-patrons of Naples, the austere friar preached tirelessly against greed and usury. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to St. James of the Marches. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Anthony Scillia, was taken at Saint James of the Marches R.C. Church in Totowa, New Jersey. Evviva San Giacomo della Marca!
Prayer to St. James of the Marches
O God, you have given to the Church in St. James of the Marches a tireless missionary of your word, totally dedicated to the salvation of souls and the conversion of sinners. May his intercession help us to atone for our sins and to walk swiftly on the path of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God.

Photo of the Week: Wayside Shrine Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Naples

Photo by Andrew Giordano

Rorate Mass at St. Stephen's Church in Kearny, New Jersey

November 27, 2022

Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Mary Immaculate, ora pro nobis
November 27th is the Feast of Our  Lady of the Miraculous Medal, a joyful commemoration of the Marian apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré (1806-1876). In 1830 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine,  a young novice of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and instructed her to have devotional medals struck portraying the image she manifested and that all who wear it in confidence will receive great graces. Obeying the Blessed Mother, St. Catherine went to her confessor, Fr. Jean Marie Aladel, and explained what had occurred. After much scrutiny she eventually obtained approval from the archbishop and on June 20, 1832 the first 2,000 medals were produced. Officially called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, the devotion quickly spread, and due to the many extraordinary blessings bestowed it soon came to be popularly known as the Miraculous Medal.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The accompanying photo of the Miraculous Medal bye-altar was taken at St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. Ave Maria!

Prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we unite ourselves to you under your title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your motherly affection for us and a constant reminder of our filial duties towards you. While wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. Most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives so that like you we may live and act according to the teaching and example of your Son. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death so that in union with you we may enjoy the happiness of heaven forever. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

The First Sunday of Advent

Zampognari figures at the MET
The Sunday closest to the Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostolo, on November 30th, marks the beginning of the Western Church’s liturgical year and the penitential season of Advent (Adventus in Latin, which means "coming" and "arrival."). A time of prayer, charity and fasting, the faithful are admonished to worthily prepare ourselves for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and the second and final coming of our King and Savior. 
Popular Southern Italian customs during the season include the making and displaying of ornate presepi (Nativity Scenes) and traditional bagpipe music performed by zampognari and pifferari (pipers and fifers). 
In celebration, I’m posting a prayer for Advent. The accompanying photo of lifelike zampognari figures was taken at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Annual Angel Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche exhibit.
Advent Prayer
Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Novena to San Nicola di Bari

San Nicola di Bari, ora pro nobis
Pray novena for nine consecutive days, November 27th to December 5th, in preparation for the Feast celebrated on December 6th.*

Glorious Nicholas, my own protector! from that bright throne where thou dost enjoy the vision of thy God, in pity turn thine eyes upon me; ask for me from God those graces and helps most seasonable in my present necessities, whether spiritual or temporal, and especially the grace of [mention your request here] if such be expedient for my eternal welfare. Forget not, glorious and holy bishop, our true Sovereign Pontiff, the holy Church, and this pious city. Bring back to the right way of salvation those who live steeped in sin, or buried in the darkness of ignorance, error, and heresy. Comfort the sorrowing, provide for the needy, strengthen the weak-hearted, defend the oppressed, help the sick; let all know the effects of thy powerful patronage with Him Who is the supreme giver of all good. Amen 


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.


V. Pray for us, blessed Nicholas.

R. That we may made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray:


God, Who has honored, and ceasest not daily to honor, Thy high-priest and glorious confessor, blessed Nicholas, with innumerable miracles: grant, we beseech Thee, that, by his merits and prayers, we may be delivered from the fires of hell and from all other dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


(Indulgence of 50 days, Pope Gregory XVI., 1880) 

* Prayer reprinted from catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com. May also be said separate from the Novena. The accompanying photo of the Icon of San Nicola, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Puglia.

Rorate Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey

November 26, 2022

A Prayer for the Victims of the Deadly Landslide that Devastated the Island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples

San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce,
ora pro nobis
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the deadly landslide that devastated the Island of Ischia on Saturday, November 26. We are deeply saddened and mourn for their loss. May San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, San Giovanni Battista, San Giorgio, Santa Restituta, Santa Maria Maddalena, and Sant’Anna protect and watch over you.

A Prayer for the Victims


Lord our God, you are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Our brothers and sisters were suddenly taken from us. Come swiftly to their aid, have mercy on them, and comfort their family and friends by the power and protection of the Cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Long Overdue Visit to the Met (Part 3)

The reconstructed Riace Warriors sizing each other up
Having not done any research before my visit, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that reproductions of the famed Riace Warriors were part of the Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color exhibit currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City. Representing the two lifelike Classical Greek statues chanced upon by a vacationing diver off the southern coast of Provincia di Reggio Calabria on August 16, 1972, the reconstructed nude figures were colored and adorned with hypothetical armor and weaponry that may have once embellished the ancient statuary.

While not the same as viewing the originals, it was still fascinating to see what the heroic warriors, known as Riace A and Riace B, may have looked like in the 5th century BC. Unlike many Classical marble or terracotta figures, which still have visible traces of pigment on them, I was excited to learn that the Ancient Greeks and Romans painted their bronze statues as well. Aside from some unsightly graffiti on public monuments, I don’t recall ever seeing polychrome metallic statues before. I just assumed different metals, textures and inlaid materials were used to enliven the works.


The Riace replicas (Gallery 156), along with the other reconstructed antiquities, are interspersed throughout the Museum’s world-class Greek and Roman Art Galleries on the first floor. Other notable highlights include the reconstructions of a marble finial in the form of a sphinx (Gallery 154), the so-called Small Herculaneum Woman (Gallery 153), the marble archer in the costume of a horseman of the peoples to the north and east of Greece (Gallery 160), the marble statue of the goddess Artemis from Pompeii (Gallery 162), and the bronze statues of the Terme Boxer and the Terme Ruler (Gallery 162). The exhibit will run to March 26, 2023. 


Just to be clear, the actual Riace Bronzes are not at the Met, they are in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

[See Part 1] [See Part 2]

Also see: Discovering the Riace Warriors

An artificial bronze patina was used to indicate skin color
Riace B wears a fox-skin skullcap (alopekis) and his dark brown hair was given a reddish hue. Riace A wears a gilded Corinthian helmet and, for variety, his Stygian locks were tinged with blue. The Warrior's eyes featured inlaid stone, lips and nipples were copper, and the teeth were formed from a sheet of silver 
Analysis showed that Riace A held a lance in his right hand and a heavy round shield with his left. Riace B held a light shield (pelta) and a bow & arrow in his left hand, and a downward pointing weapon, possibly an axe, with his right
Riace B's fox-skin skullcap (alopekis) was modeled
on examples found on the Parthenon Frieze in Athens
While the true identities of the figures are unknown, Riace B is believed to represent the Thracian King Eumolpos as he encounters and is murdered by Erechtheus, the mythical king of Athens, in the so-called Eleusinian War
Addendum: I'm including pictures of the reconstruction of a marble statue of a woman wrapping herself in a mantle (the so-called Small Herculaneum Womanto give the reader an idea of how detailed and vibrant the colors on the statues can be. 
Notice how the greenish fabric of the mantle was painted
to look sheer at the elbow, right thigh, and stomach area

A Prayer for Queen Isabella the Catholic’s Intercession

Isabella the Catholic, ora pro nobis
Almighty Father, in Your infinite goodness You made Queen Isabel the Catholic, a model for young ladies, wives, mothers, women leaders and government rulers. As the first sovereign of the American continent You granted to her heart a sense of piety, justice, compassion and the vision of a new land full of promise. Grant us the grace to see Your infinite majesty glorified in her prompt canonization, and through her intercession...[ask for your particular needs] that we ask of You in this present need through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Servant of God, Queen Isabel, pray for us.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Pray to the Servant of God Isabel the Catholic and ask her intercession for your particular needs. When you obtain your favor, please inform the: Comité Reina Isabel, P.O. Box 268237, Chicago, IL 60626-8237, U.S.A.

* Prayer courtesy of Queen Isabella the Catholic. Portrait of Isabella I of Castile (April 22, 1451— November 26, 1504) by Luis de Madrazo (1825-1897)

Help Fund the New Statue of the Madonna della Fontana

Madonna della Fontana, ora pro nobis
For immediate release

A new GoFundMe campaign was recently launched by the Società Madonna Della Fontana and Spilingese Social Club in Newark, New Jersey to help raise money for the creation of a new processional statue of the Madonna della Fontana. Devotees will carry the statue during the Annual Feast of the Madonna della Fontana and San Michele Arcangelo, celebrated on the third Sunday in May, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Ironbound Section of Newark.

The new statue will be handcrafted in Lindenwood by Ferdinand Stufflesser artisans from Ortisei, Bolzano. It will be scaled to the exact measurements of the original statue in Spilinga, Calabria and is scheduled to be completed before the feast day on May 21, 2023.

Funds that exceed the goal ($15,000) will be put toward crowns from Serpone, Naples

Please help spread the word and keep the tradition alive!

 Donate Now 

Donations can also be mailed to:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
259 Oliver Street
Newark, NJ 07105
Attn. Eric Lavin

November 25, 2022

Feast of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, ora pro nobis
November 25th is the Feast of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Virgin and Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, she is, inter alia, the patron saint of millers, potters, mechanics, spinners, archivists, librarians and hat makers. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, she is also the patroness of Caprioli (SA), Santa Caternina (SA),  Melito (SA), Grammichele (CT), San Pietro Clarenza (CT), Santa Caterina (CT), San Pietro Clarenza (CT), Pedara (CT), Locri (RC), Mongrassano (CZ), Santa Caterina Albanese (CZ), Monteverde (AV), Santa Caterina dello Ionio (CZ), Santa Caterina di Nardò (LE), Santa Caterina Villarmosa (CL), Santa Maria a Toro (BN), and Viggianello (PZ), among others
In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to St. Catherine of Alexandria. The accompanying photo of St. Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1650) from the workshop of Bernardo Cavallino was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Evviva Santa Caterina!
Prayer to St. Catherine of Alexandria
Glorious Saint Catherine, virgin and martyr, help me to imitate your love of purity. Give me strength and courage in fighting off the temptations of the world and evil desires. Help me to love God with my whole heart and serve Him faithfully. O Saint Catherine, through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ, help me to be loyal to my faith and my God as long as I live.

Novena to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Martire, ora pro nobis
Prayers by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. to be recited for nine consecutive days, November 25th — December 3rd (Feast on December 4th)

Preparatory Prayer


Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. Barbara

O God, who didst adorn Thy holy virgin and martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and didst console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Thy law and the grace of being fortified before our end with the holy sacraments, and of a happy death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Barbara

Intrepid virgin and martyr, St. Barbara, through thy intercession come to my aid in all needs of my soul. Obtain for me the grace to be preserved from a sudden and unprovided death; assist me in my agony, when my senses are benumbed and I am in the throes of death. Then, O powerful patroness of the dying, come to my aid! Repel from me all the assaults and temptations of the evil one, and obtain for me the grace to receive before death the holy sacraments, that I breathe forth my soul confirmed in faith, hope, and charity, and be worthy to enter eternal glory. Amen.

  St. Barbara, at my last end
    Obtain for me the Sacrament;
  Assist one in that direst need
    When I my God and Judge must meet:
  That robed in sanctifying grace
    My soul may stand before His face.

Prayer


My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

* For more on St. Barbara and the Fourteen Holy Helpers, I highly recommend Project Gutenberg's free ebook, Mary, Help of Christians and the Fourteen Saints Invoked as Holy Helpers, compiled by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. It has instructions, legends, novenas and prayers, with thoughts of the saints for every day of the year. Pictured is my makeshift shrine with icon.

Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet

O Infant Jesus, Whose truth enlightens the
darkness of our heart, have mercy on us
On the 25th of every month, devotees of the Divine Infancy should pray the Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague, which includes three Our Fathers and twelve Hail Marys in celebration of the Holy Family and the first twelve years of Our Lord’s childhood. The Chaplet was composed by Venerable Sister Marguerite Parigot of the Blessed Sacrament (March 6, 1590—May 24, 1660), a Discalced Carmelite nun with a strong devotion to the Christ Child. Pleased with the devotion, Our Lord revealed Himself to Sister Marguerite and promised special graces to all who piously recite the Chaplet. In 1855 Pope Pius IX granted an Indulgence of 300 days, applicable to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, for its devout recitation.* 
In celebration, I’m posting the Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet. The accompanying photo was taken at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey.
Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thy Cross and I accept all the crosses Thou wilt be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer Thee for the glory of Thy Holy Name of God, all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus.

(3x) “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” and pray The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)

(12x) “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” and pray The Angelical Salutation (Hail Mary)

Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us. Amen.
* www.sistersofcarmel.com

November 24, 2022

A Long Overdue Visit to the Met (Part 2)

A Village on Ischia (Fontana?), ca. 1828, oil on paper,
laid down on cardboard by Lèon Fleury (1804-1858)

Pictured are a handful of paintings depicting Southern Italy by Northern European artists dating from the 18th- and early 19th-century currently on view in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s European Paintings collection.


[See Part 1] [See Part 3]

The Palace of Donn'Anna, Naples, 1843. oil on paper,
laid down on canvas by Jules Coignet (1798-1860)
Ravine at Sorrento, 1821 or later, oil on paper mounted
on board by Édouard Bertin (1797-1871)
Virgil's Tomb by Moonlight, with Silius Italicus Declaiming, 1779,
Oil on Canvas by Joseph Wright, Wright of Derby (1734-1797)
Sunset, Sorrento, 1834, oil on paper, laid down on card
by Thomas Fearnley (1802-1842)
Virgil's Tomb, Naples, ca. 1818, oil on paper, laid down
on canvas by Franz Ludwig Catel (1778-1856)
View of Monte Sant'Angelo from the Villa Auriemma near Sorrento,
1832, oil on paper, laid down on canvas by August Lucas (1803-1863)
Lake Fucino and the Abruzzi Mountains, ca. 1789, oil on paper,
laid down on canvas by Joseph Bidauld (1758-1846)
The Grotto of Posillipo, Naples, 1820, oil on paper,
laid down on masonite by Gustaf Söderberg (1799-1875)

Feast of San Giovanni della Croce

San Giovanni della Croce, ora pro nobis
November 24th is the Feast of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross), Doctor of the Church and patron saint of contemplatives, poets, and mystics. A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and, with St. Teresa of Avila, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to St. John of the Cross. The accompanying photo was taken outside St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn before it was replaced with a statue of Christ the King. Evviva San Giovanni della Croce!

Prayer to St. John of the Cross


Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God. Help me to have faith that God is there especially in the times when God seems absent and far away. Amen 

Buona Festa del Ringraziamento (Happy Thanksgiving)

Celebration of the First Mass attributed to Léon Trousset
We at 
Il Regno wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Even in hard times there is still a lot to be thankful for. We're thankful for our family, our brethren, and our faith. We're thankful for opportunities to work, and provide for ourselves and our loved ones. We're thankful for the past, because there can be no greater teacher. May we learn our lessons well. God bless you all. Buona Festa del Ringraziamento!

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving

O God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness in the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields: For the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

November 23, 2022

A Long Overdue Visit to the Met (Part 1)

On my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I paused for a moment to say a prayer for the fallen by the One Hundred Seventh Infantry Memorial by Karl Illava (1896-1954) in Central Park along Fifth Avenue at 67th Street

The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was ‘beauty’. The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile. ~ Sir Roger Scruton

Taking a much-needed day off, I decided to treat myself with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City. I have not been to the museum since the draconian Covid lockdowns, so I was really looking forward to returning. Outside of reading and friendly or familial gatherings, my tranquil ambles through its stately halls and galleries have always been one of my more pleasurable leisurely pursuits.


With the noted exceptions of Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color and The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England, I'm not overly enthused by the current temporary exhibitions. However, the Met’s enviable permanent collection is more than enough to bring me back time and time again. One can never behold the museum’s countless treasures of a bygone world too many times.


For those thinking of visiting New York City, the Met, along with the Morgan Library & Museum, the Frick Collection, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among others, are world-class institutions and well worth a visit, even with their extortionate admissions. 


Nevertheless, be warned, the city is not as safe as our corrupt (and well-guarded) politicians and their shills would have us believe. The city’s harrowing state is impossible to hide, especially if one is commuting by subway. A sobering experience to say the least, it is inconceivable that we belong to the same civilization as the one that produced many of the great masterpieces housed in the Met.


That said, I am still looking forward to coming back later in the month for the Annual Angel Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche installation in the Medieval Sculpture Hall. One of my favorite Christmas traditions, I am loath to give it or any other beloved custom up so easily. 


[See Part 2] [See Part 3]

(L) Pygmalion and Galatea, ca. 1890, oil on canvas by Jean-Léon
Gérôme (1824-1904). (R) Brigand and His Wife in Prayer,
1824, oil on canvas by Léopold Robert (1794-1835)
(L) Orpheus and Eurydice, modeled ca. 1887, carved 1893
by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Final Study for the Monument
to Balzac
, modeled 1897, cast 1972 by Auguste Rodin
(Front) Silver reliquary bust of St. Yrieix with rock crystals, gems and glass, French, 1220-40. (Back) Walnut bust of St. Yrieix, French, 1220-40
(L) The Death of Harmonia, ca. 1740-41, oil on canvas by Jean-Baptiste
Marie Pierre (1714-1789). (R) The Companions of Rinaldo,
ca. 1663, oil on canvas by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
(L) Philip IV, King of Spain (1605-1665), probably 1624, oil on canvas by
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660). (R) Admiral De Tourville
(1642-1701), terracotta, 1816, by Joseph-Charles Marin (1759-1834)
María Teresa, Infanta of Spain (1638-1683), oil on canvas, 1651-54,
by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660)
(L) María Teresa, Infanta of Spain (1638-1683) ca. 1645, oil on canvas
by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (ca. 1612-1667). (R) Queen
Henrietta Maria, 
1636, oil on canvas by Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
(L) Bust of the Comte du Muy (d.1775), marble signed and dated 1776 by Jean-Jacques Caffiéri (1725-1792). (R) Louis of France, the Grand Dauphin (1661-1711) bronze late 17th century by François Giardon (1628-1715)
(L) The Penitent Magdalen, ca. 1640, oil on canvas by Georges de la Tour
(1593-1652). (R) The Tears of St. Peter, ca. 1612-13, oil on canvas
by Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto (1591-1652)
(L) Galatea, 1906, cast silver and marble by Max Klinger (1857-1920).
(R) Winter, 1787, bronze by Jean Antoine Houdon (1741-1828)
(L) Julius Caesar, ca. 1512-14, marble by Andrea Ferrucci (1465-1526).
(R) Spinario, ca. 1507-9, bronze attributed to Antonello Gagini (1478-1536) 
(L) Santa Giuliana de' Banzi, ca. 1470-75, terracotta, traces of later polychrome by Niccolò Dell'Arca (ca. 1435-1494). (R) Reliquary Bust of a Female Saint, early 16th century, painted and gilded wood, South Netherlandish
(L) Apostle or Saint, ca. 1520s, polychrome and gilded wood by Alonso
Berruguette (1488-1561). (R) St. John the Baptist, early 17th century,
painted and gilded wood by Juan Martínez Montañés (1568-1649)

(L) Reconstruction of a marble statue of the goddess Artemis from Pompeii, ca. 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. (R) Reconstruction of a marble statue of an archer in the costume of a horseman from the west pediment of the Temple of Aphalia. They're part of the Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color exhibit on view in the Greek & Roman Art galleries from July 5, 2022 to March 26, 2023
(L) Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx, Greek, ca. 530 B.C.
(R) Imagined reconstruction currently on view
(L) Boxer at Rest, bronze Hellenistic sculpture (323-32 B.C.) was on view at the Met back in 2013. (R) The imagined reconstruction currently on view

Detail of the reconstructed statue of the Boxer at Rest (or Terme Boxer)
St. Thomas More (1478-1535), 1527, oil on panel by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543). It is part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit (October 10, 2022-January 8, 2023)
(L) Henri VIII (1491-1547), oil on panel (ca. 1537) by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543). (R) The Sieve Portrait of Elizabeth I (1533-1603), 1583, oil on canvas by Quentin Metsys the Younger (1543-1589). They are part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit
(L) Henri VIII, ca. 1540, workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger. (R) Armor Garniture of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland (1558-1605), made in 1586 under the direction of master armorer Jacob Halder (active 1576-1608). They are part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit (October 10, 2022-January 8, 2023)
(L) Armor Garniture, probably of Henry VIII of England, dated 1527, various artists. (R) Field Armor of Henry VIII of England, ca.1544, Milan or Brescia. They are part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit (October 10, 2022-January 8, 2023)
Henry VII Cope, velvet cloth-of-gold, brocaded with loops of silver-gilt and silver; embroidery on tabby linen in silver-gilt thread and silk, 1499-1505, Florence or Lucca. It is part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit (October 10, 2022-January 8, 2023)
Henry VII Cope, velvet cloth-of-gold, brocaded with loops of silver-gilt and silver; embroidery on tabby linen in silver-gilt thread and silk, 1499-1505, Florence or Lucca. It is part of the ongoing The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit (October 10, 2022-January 8, 2023)
Preparations are underway for the Annual Angel Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche installation in the Medieval Sculpture Hall