M. Curtis
A sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer, and poet, Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for Creative Studies, and The National Gallery of Art; his pictures and statues are housed in over 400 private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Supreme Court; he has made statues of presidents, generals, Supreme Court Justices, captains of industry and national heroes, including Davey Crockett, General Eisenhower, and Justice Thurgood Marshall; his relief and medals are especially fine, they include, among others, presidents Truman and Reagan, Justice John Marshall, George Washington, and, his History of Texas, containing over one-hundred figures, is the largest American relief sculpture of the 20th Century; his monuments and memorials, buildings and houses, including The New American Home, 2011, are found coast-to-coast; his plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over 30 journals (Trinacria, Society of Classical Poets, Expansive Poetry, et cetera), and his most recent nonfiction books are, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion (available through The Studio Press), and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C. (available through The History Press); his most recent book of verse is, Modern Art: An Exhibition of Criticism (available through Amazon); Mr. Curtis is the National Civic Art Society’s 2021-2022 Research Scholar. Other sites where Mr. Curtis can be found: The Classical Artist (art, architecture, and design), The Studio Press (essays and books – fiction and exposition, verse and prose).
Houses of Eternity

Houses of Eternity

... The Funerary Memorial and the Houses of Eternity   Forever is a long time, seems to me.  Longer than I can imagine, and I can imagine an awful lot, “everything beneath the sun, and beyond”, for instance.  “Forever”, though, “well”, I mean to say, “even...

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Mausoleum

Mausoleum

Mausoleum: The House of Rest   There is the life of the flesh and there is the life of the spirit, and both want homes.  The spirit is borne from the universe into a body at conception, there to make itself at home practically and beautifully before returning to...

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The Architecture of Independence

The Architecture of Independence

... The Architecture of Independence   On the obverse of our national seal the American Eagle holds in his beak a flowing banner that reads, E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one.”  Skyed above the Eye of Providence on the seal’s reverse, Annuit Cœptis, “God has...

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Household Shrines

Household Shrines

The Tradition of Household Shrines   Perhaps you have in quiet times felt a touch of the divine.  The light through shade, the morning when home is washed in rose, in evening when rooms glow gold.  There is something in light, the intangible tangible by which...

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The Home Shrine

The Home Shrine

... Shrines for the Home   The gods, the God, the saints and spirits live among us, wandering as they will.  Sometimes, if given the gift of a shrine, they live with us in little rooms, chapel-like where we come to pray, to honor ancestors, and pay meet adoration...

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American Excellence

American Excellence

  American Excellence   Sing, Muse, Achilles’ rage that cost the Greeks incalculable pain   … so begins Homer’s Iliad, the story of a man whose merit is punished by an unmeritorious, elitist king … so began our Classive Civilization ... and so began our...

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Phillip Phillips’ Home

Phillip Phillips’ Home

  Phillip Phillips' Home is a simple song, a sincere poem, a verse favored by sentimentalists and enjoyed by realists, Home is a poem of wandering, of courage, of homecoming.  The verse is composed of quintain, “five-line stanzas” whose rhyme scheme is shared by...

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Home Workshop Plans

Home Workshop Plans

Home Workshop Plans, Introduction   The workshop is a building of ancient origin.  Archaeologists claim that the oldest known workshop was used to fashion bones and ivory into tools and art (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, circa 33,000 B.C.), perhaps so, and this a mere...

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Beautiful Living

Beautiful Living

. Beautiful Living   Having never been to Heaven, as far as I remember, I cannot speak of heavenly beauty, of life in the eternal divine.  And yet, I have read accounts of those who have visited Heaven, some few of the thousands who relate near-death experiences,...

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The Home Workshop

The Home Workshop

  The Home Workshop: Making the Man   Among the many quaint definitions of my youth, “Man is a tool-making animal.”1., is among the most quaint, the most true.  Benjamin Franklin bequeathed we Americans a wealth of golden sayings, nuggets of wisdom and use...

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