A Brooklyn Art Critic’s Notebook

Oct 18

Armenian Apostolic altar and choir boys at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Armenian Apostolic altar and choir boys at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Hanging lanterns above the Stone of Unction (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Hanging lanterns above the Stone of Unction (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Ethiopian pilgrims at the Greek Calvary altar.  (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Ethiopian pilgrims at the Greek Calvary altar. (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

The facade of the Church of Holy Sepulchre is a wonderful Frankenstein of styles: Crusader, Byzantine, Armenian, Ottoman …so much Romanesque.  (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

The facade of the Church of Holy Sepulchre is a wonderful Frankenstein of styles: Crusader, Byzantine, Armenian, Ottoman …so much Romanesque. (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

In the Ottoman era Christians weren’t allowed to use metal bells, so Armenians used wooden planks. You can see the modernized versions with ear muffs and mallets.  (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

In the Ottoman era Christians weren’t allowed to use metal bells, so Armenians used wooden planks. You can see the modernized versions with ear muffs and mallets. (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Mosaic dome inside, Greek section (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Mosaic dome inside, Greek section (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Quite an entrance #EastJerusalem

Quite an entrance #EastJerusalem

Faithful polishing a holy stone  (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Faithful polishing a holy stone (at Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Stencils #Jerusalem

Stencils #Jerusalem

Looks like Hajj paintings #Jerusalem

Looks like Hajj paintings #Jerusalem

Oct 17

See the footprints on the ground of this crypt? This is reputed the spot Jesus and Mary met during Christ’s journey to Calvary. #OldCity #Jerusalem (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

See the footprints on the ground of this crypt? This is reputed the spot Jesus and Mary met during Christ’s journey to Calvary. #OldCity #Jerusalem (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

See the footsteps on the ground of this crypt? This is reputed leave the spot Jesus and Mary met Christ’s journey to Calvary. #OldCity #Jerusalem (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

See the footsteps on the ground of this crypt? This is reputed leave the spot Jesus and Mary met Christ’s journey to Calvary. #OldCity #Jerusalem (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

Checked out the awesomely named Church of Our Lady of the Spasm today. Love that it’s an Armenian church. Made in 19th C by Polish Armenians. Formerly a Turkish Bath. It’s the third station in the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

Checked out the awesomely named Church of Our Lady of the Spasm today. Love that it’s an Armenian church. Made in 19th C by Polish Armenians. Formerly a Turkish Bath. It’s the third station in the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) (at Armenian Catholic Patriarchate)

Damascus Gate #OldCity (at Damascus Gate - باب العامود)

Damascus Gate #OldCity (at Damascus Gate - باب العامود)

In the Sandrouni Armenian Ceramics shop (at George & Dorin Sandrouni)

In the Sandrouni Armenian Ceramics shop (at George & Dorin Sandrouni)