Carvaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602, oil on canvas, 52.6 in. x 66.7 in.
I don't have any immediate plans to reduce my vices, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in self-improvement! So today, in front of God, the blogosphere, and everyone, I resolve during 2017 to learn more about the Baroque master Caravaggio (1571-1610). Here, Judas has just betrayed Jesus with a kiss. But is it actually betrayal, when the act was essential for the cosmic salvation story to play out as it was ordained to?