Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water (1907)

“Tanner favored religious subjects, in part because of his family’s strong spiritual convictions and professional ties to the church. The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water interprets the Gospel of Matthew (14:24-28): But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the…

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures (1909)

Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures presents a dramatic, yet intimate scene. The figures of Christ and Mary clasp each other tenderly as they each hold the scroll from which they read, their physical bond an outward acknowledgment of their spiritual unity. Henry Ossawa Tanner’s lush, densely painted surface is restricted to shades of…

Palestrina and Fra Angelico

“The Annunciation represents the biblical story in which Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. These two panels were once part of a large altarpiece, placed to the left and right above a central painting and held within an elaborate frame. Fra Angelico represented…

Hugo van der Goes: Death of the Virgin (c1475)

“On the bed lies the pale-white Virgin, clad in a blue cloak. Her hands are folded in her lap. A group of apostles gather in a circular arrangement around the deathbed. This group of saints shows great soulfulness, despair and human fear. At the top, Christ appears in a halo among hovering angels to take…

Vincent van Gogh: Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, September 1889 In the Autumn of 1889, Vincent remains ill. Consoling himself by copying works from some of his favorite artists, Vincent works in a small studio in the asylum of Saint Paul of Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence as he recovers from a prolonged episode of mental illness. To Theo, his brother,…

Alleluia: Restless Heart

by Renee Yann, RSM, at Lavish Mercy Prose: from Augustine’s autobiography about his mother Monica: And now you stretched forth your hand from aboveand drew up my soul out of that profound darknessbecause my mother, your faithful one,wept to you on my behalf more than mothersare accustomed to weepfor the bodily deaths of their children….

Josiah Gilbert Holland: “God Give Us Men”

Wanted by Josiah Gilbert Holland God, give us men! A time like this demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not…

Sir Frank Brangwyn: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

“After the First World War, Brangwyn was commissioned to produce Stations of the Cross for Arras cathedral through the recommendation of his friend Theophile Steinlen (1859-1923). Reproductions of the Stations were to be distributed to other war damaged churches. Unfortunately the series was never completed. It was generally reported that this was due to the…