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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Jul 27, 2022

Catholic sculptor Christopher Alles joins the podcast for an introduction to the art of sculpture, especially in its formal qualities. Alles mostly does commission work for the Church, and the theoretical points in this conversation are illuminated by references to some of his recent works, including a work-in-progress Pieta and his monumental sculpture of St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death.

Topics include:

  • Collaboration with patrons in commissioned work
  • The iconographic tradition in sculpture vs painting
  • Drawing as the root of both sculpting and painting
  • The challenges of modeling form based on anatomy without being enslaved to literal accuracy
  • The decorative and the illustrative aspects of visual art


Watch this interview on YouTube

Thomas Mirus, “’A Peering’ at the Sheen Center”