Catholic Art

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  • November 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    Completed in 2002, The Communion of Saints is a cycle of 25 fresco-like tapestries designed by John Nava (b. 1947) for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. With figures averaging 10 feet tall, they depict 136 saints and blesseds, including … read more

  • October 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    In 1888, after filling many canvases with images of the summer harvest in Provence, Dutch post- Impressionist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) turned his attention to the vineyards of the region. Believed to be the only painting he sold during his lifetime… read more

  • September 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    Deposition from the Cross, detail of the Virgin Mary, Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro)(c. 1387-1445) LOCATION: Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico, Florence, Italy CREDIT: The Bridgeman Art Library International   Fra Angelico (c. 1387-1455) combined the life… read more

  • August 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    The English artist and engraver William Brassey Hole (1846-1917) has given us a wonderful meditation on 1 Kings 19:9-13 (see pages 80-81). Elijah in the Desert of Horeb shows the humbled prophet standing at the edge of the abyss at the entrance of the cave where… read more

  • July 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    The son of a clergyman, Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) studied to be a pastor and was a preacher among poor peasant farmers for many years before he turned to art in the last ten years of his life. It was, perhaps, inevitable that he would be fascinated … read more

  • June 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    In his signature style, Camaldolese monk and artist Father Arthur Poulin uses minute brush strokes and tiny dots of color layered over a black background, creating a contemplative journey from darkness to light. He describes his minis- try of painting … read more

  • May 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    On this month’s cover we see the colorful image of the paschal lamb from a tile in the chapel at Carisbrooke Castle on the isle of Wight. standing with a banner reminiscent of the standards carried by military regiments durng the Classical era … read more

  • April 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    William Brassey Hole (1846-1917) was a highly regarded English artist, illustrator, etcher, and engraver who specialized in painting historical and industrial subjects as well as landscapes. In 1901, he traveled to the Holy Land to begin work on illustrations for his book… read more

  • March 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    The Annunciation, c.1430-32 (tempera and gold on panel) Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), c.1387-1455LOCATION: Prado, Madrid, SpainCREDIT: The Bridgeman Art Library International   While his brother Dominicans in Fiesole, Italy, knew Guido di Pietro… read more

  • February 2011 Prayer and Reflection

    by Living with Christ Staff

    For Camaldolese monk and artist Father Arthur Poulin, painting is a way “to proclaim the Good News of the gospel.” In an original style that echoes the tech- nique of the Impressionists, he begins by covering the canvas with black gesso (… read more