What is sacred art?
I refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s definition of sacred art:
2501 Created “in the image of God,”294 man also expresses the truth of his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works. Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search for the necessities of life which is common to all living creatures, art is a freely given superabundance of the human being’s inner riches. Arising from talent given by the Creator and from man’s own effort, art is a form of practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill,295 to give form to the truth of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing. To the extent that it is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God’s activity in what he has created. Like any other human activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and ennobled by the ultimate end of man.296
2502 Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God – the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who “reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature,” in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”297 This spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.
294 Gen 1:26.
295 Cf. Wis 7:16-17
296 Cf. Pius XII, Musicae sacrae disciplina; Discourses of September 3 and December 25, 1950.
297 Heb 1:3; Col 2:9.
What is Sacred Art Scene?
Sacred Art Scene has a website, online shop and social media presence committed to celebrating the art and beauty of Catholicism.
The hope of Sacred Art Scene is that you will:
Give yourself the opportunity to study what is beautiful. Draw a connection between famous artwork, architecture and Catholicism. Increase your understanding of sacred art and architecture by exploring topics like art history, symbolism and beauty.
As we learn, it is important to be inspired, especially with the beauty present around us. Explore the great work of artists and architects, hear what inspires them and soak in the beauty.
Take what inspires you and create your own works of art. While, our work may never be displayed in a cathedral, it doesn’t mean we can’t still create for the glory of God.
Sacred art should bring us closer to God. Combine sacred art and prayer. Use the beauty that surrounds you to enhance your prayer life.
BRING IT HOME
Sacred art doesn’t have to solely remain in cathedrals and museums. There are big and small ways we can incorporate sacred art throughout our homes. After all, our homes are the domestic church and should be constant reminders of our faith. We can teach our families about sacred art, support local artists, and bring sacred art into our homes as sources of beauty, education and inspiration.
Who runs Sacred Art Scene?
I’m Kate Frantz, author of Sacred Art Scene. I converted to Catholicism in 2016 after a several year journey in search of the Truth. I’ve always had a fascination with art history. Prior to becoming Catholic, I was drawn to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, considered Michelangelo my favorite artist, and fell in love with this one church in Prague. Did I have any idea these were related to Catholicism? Sadly, no. But, I was certainly drawn to their beauty!
In my effort to learn more, Sacred Art Scene was born. I don’t claim to be an expert in art history or sacred art. Rather, I’m sharing what I learn with you, and I invite you to join me in this journey.
I hope Sacred Art Scene brings a daily dose of beauty to your life!