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*Image: The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1503-19 [The MET, New York]. This sfumato drawing (not on display at The MET!) is possibly a study for Leonardo’s (unfinished) painting, Virgin, Infant Jesus, and Saint Anne, now at the Louvre, Paris:

By Brad Miner, Catholic Thing, May 10, 2022

Brad Miner is senior editor of The Catholic Thing, senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute, and a board member of Aid to the Church In Need USA. He is a former Literary Editor of National Review. ..

Brad Miner

I admire the work of the late Irish-Canadian-American novelist, Brian [bree-Ahn] Moore. Three of his books in particular: Catholics (1972); Cold Heaven (1983); and Black Robe (1985 – and made into a film worth watching). His novels are concise: Catholics, the story of an American Jesuit sent to an Irish island monastery with the aim of shutting down the monks’ practice of the Latin Mass, is only 108 pages, whereas Black Robe, about Jesuits in 17th-century Canada, is more than twice as long, yet still short compared to most contemporary fiction. And I have a story to tell about Cold Heaven.

One day in 1983, a colleague came into my office to ask if I knew Moore’s work. I did. She asked if I would read the manuscript of Cold Heaven. I said yes. …