Friday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  December 25, 2009 at 9:42 AM EDT

An Indian Christian devotee paints a statue of The Virgin Mary.Photo by Raveendran/ AFP/ Getty Images

An Indian Christian devotee paints a statue of The Virgin Mary as part of a Nativity scene at The Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi. Despite Christians forming a little over two percent of the billion plus population in India, with Hindus comprising the majority, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare and zeal throughout the country. Photo by Raveendran/ AFP/ Getty Images

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If you’re in church today, you might also worship your inner aesthete. Cotter Holland gives a personalized tour of the architecture and art within many of New York’s churches.

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In an editorial on Wednesday, the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, praised the animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’ for bringing humor to to its viewers and for the show’s occasional inclusion of religious themes. “The Simpsons” celebrated its 20th anniversary this month.

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Members of a Chicago improv group pranked a friend by wrapping everything in his apartment in wrapping paper while the friend was out of town.

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Finally, in case you missed it on the NewsHour on Wednesday, Paul Solman has the business story behind Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Plus from the Art Beat archives, the birth of Christmas clayanimation classic ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.’