Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary

The most important fact of her life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know? What further inquire would you make concerning the Virgin? It is enough for you that she is the Mother of God. What beauty, I as you, what virtue, what perfection, what grace, what glory does not befit the … Continue reading Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary

A Visual Feast:The Queenship of Mary

A selection of the best art and icons capturing the humility, dignity, and nobility of Mary- The Queenship of Mary. The Church accepts Revelation 12 as a reference to Mary, Israel, and the Church as a three-fold symbolism through the Book of Isaiah and affirms Mary as the mother of Jesus as the prophetic fulfilment described in Revelation 12 (cf. Isaiah 7:14, 26:17, 54:1, 66:7) … Continue reading A Visual Feast:The Queenship of Mary

Artists Portray The Sacred Heart

The devotion to the Sacred Heart ( Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is a well-known Roman Catholic devotion, centring on Jesus Christ’s heart as a symbol of His Divine love. I love You more than everything —–more than myself. Tell me what You would have me do; for I am ready to do everything with Your help. Bind me, unite me to Your heart and permit me not, … Continue reading Artists Portray The Sacred Heart

Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity

 1. The most traditional and popular explanation of the Trinity is St. Patrick’s description The Trinity is like the cloverleaf with three separate sections yet part of the same leaf.   I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation St. Patrick (ca. 377) 2. I … Continue reading Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity

Pentecost Revealed Through Art

Judson Studios St. Peter’s Basilica When light shines through stained glass windows, they can lift our souls up from our own narrow miserable awareness into His presence as we contemplate them Light is more powerful than darkness and beautiful colourful glass works of art can touch us with a mystical, heavenly light that moves our hearts and souls towards God. No wonder stained glass windows … Continue reading Pentecost Revealed Through Art

Modern Catholic Artists Celebrate the Resurrection

Featured image by  Patrick Devonas, “Allegory of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” The Resurrection, an icon by a modern, American artist, Anne Chapman Father Sieger Köder, a prolific, German artist died in 2015.  Maria of  Magdala at the Grave and the Resurrection- also by Father Sieger Köder The Empty Tomb by Bulgarian Artist Julia Stankova (2014; painting on wooden panel) Image of the Resurrection de St … Continue reading Modern Catholic Artists Celebrate the Resurrection

The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists

Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art.         Gottfried Helnwein The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues through hundreds, why even thousands of years because modern artists are still fascinated by Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel. There are so … Continue reading The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists

St. Joseph Through the Eyes of Modern Artists

St. Joseph was a worker, strong, capable but spiritual enough to see and hear messages from God. He was courageous enough act on those commands even though they went against all common sense. His young betrothed pregnant yet a virgin? A move to Egypt, the place of slavery in the minds for the Jews? How many of us could obey such ludicrous messages? Modern artists … Continue reading St. Joseph Through the Eyes of Modern Artists

Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

“Where Art Meets Your Soul” I enjoy discovering and promoting contemporary Catholic artists. Pavol Olsavsky III, a Slovakian-born artist, stepped out and contacted me after seeing my post, Ladislav Zaborsky: Imprisoned for His Art.  Olsavsky has been influenced mainly by this Slovakian master, who just died before Christmas 2016. I can see Zaborsky’s influence in Olsavsky’s use of brilliant colours and light. His work ranges from paintings to … Continue reading Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

Originally posted on joy of nine9:
The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles,  to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me, Epiphany also triggers a longing for more of His presence. On Epiphany, we ask God to  not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes with His light as well.… Continue reading The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

Artists Reveal Mary The Mother of God

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary which celebrates her motherhood as the mother of Jesus Christ, Lord, Son of God. It is celebrated on 1 January, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide. featured image by Ivanka Demchuk below right- Father John Giuliana Escultora Guadalupe de Guzmán Molina : FIGURAS DE BELÉN Virgen con el … Continue reading Artists Reveal Mary The Mother of God

Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.   In 1521 – Our Blessed Mother appeared to San Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. It is a marvelous story to tell children. To prove that he had really seen Mary, when Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop Zumárraga on December 12, Castillian roses (which were out of … Continue reading Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

Advent Prayers and Marian Art From the Heart

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen Our Lady of Expectation Father in heaven, our hearts … Continue reading Advent Prayers and Marian Art From the Heart

Art Celebrates The Presentation of Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by the both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.   In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents,  Joachim and Anne,  had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to … Continue reading Art Celebrates The Presentation of Mary

All Saints’ Day Art and Refelctions

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5, 1-12a – All Saints’ Day Today is All Saint’s Day, a day Catholics celebrate because we have a basic understanding that there is a powerful spiritual communion between those of us on earth and those who have died and are now in heaven. Not all saints are known; many are hidden and do not receive any attention from the Church. The … Continue reading All Saints’ Day Art and Refelctions