Give yourself the opportunity to study what is beautiful. This section provides content that draws 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.

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    Mending the “Broken Jug”– An Interview with Kathleen Carr

    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Catholic Art Guild’s first annual conference and meeting the President and Founder of the Guild, Kathleen Carr. I followed up with what I naively thought a simple question, “What is your hope for the Catholic Art Guild?” What I received in return was such a thoughtful, detailed response it warranted its own ...

    On November 30, 2017
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    The Real First Thanksgiving

    The above photo depicts the first Mass celebrated in Saint Augustine, Florida on September 8, 1565. According to the State Archives of Florida, it is an exact reproduction of the famous painting which hung on the walls of the Old Cathedral, on the Plaza, and which was destroyed in the fire of 1887. What does this painting have to do with Thanksgiving? ...

    On November 22, 2017
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    Interview with Ian Knowles, Bethlehem Icon Centre

    Ever since hearing about the Bethlehem Icon Centre, I’ve been very interested in learning more. I was pleased to have the opportunity to interview Ian Knowles, Principal of the Bethlehem Icon School. Check out the below interview to learn more about icons, how they are created, and how prayer is incorporated in this process. Kate Frantz (KF): What is the Bethlehem Icon Centre? ...

    On November 15, 2017
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    Restoring the Sacred: Catholic Art Guild’s Conference and My First Latin Mass

    On October 29, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending Catholic Art Guild’s first annual conference on “Beauty: The Restoration of the Sacred” in Chicago, IL.  The Catholic Art Guild is a lay apostolate seeking the “restoration of the Sacred” in the visual arts. Their mission is to support artists in offering their gifts for the greater glory of God. “The Guild ...

    On November 10, 2017
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    Meaning of Colors in Christian Art

    In a recent Aleteia article, Philip Kosloski discusses the meaning of colors in Christian art. While, the article specifically discusses black, brown, green, red and white, it was a line about gold which stood out to me: “[G]old reflects the radiant light of God and reminds us that for those in heaven there are no shadows.” What a beautiful concept. It reminds me of ...

    On September 26, 2017
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    Vatican’s Korea Exhibit: A Message of Peace

    A Catholic News Agency (CNA) article written by Hannah Brockhaus discusses the Vatican’s new exhibit highlighting the Korean Catholic Church. With the current state of affairs, it was refreshing to read an article discussing the beauty of Korea. “Fr. Matthias Hur Young-yup , a spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Seoul, told CNA that with the exhibit they want to promote peace and ...

    On September 21, 2017
  • Mont Saint Michel
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    The Placement of Mont Saint-Michel

    I was fortunate to visit Mont Saint-Michel, an abbey in Normandy, France, a few years ago. This was prior to becoming Catholic and I admittedly didn’t quite understand the significance of this gorgeous church sitting atop a mountain. I recently read an article on Aleteia by Bishop Robert Barron which described the placement of Mont Saint-Michel on the edge of the world. I ...

    On August 14, 2017
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    Courses & Master’s Degree in Sacred Art

    Are you interested in learning more about Sacred Art? Turns out, there’s a degree for that. Pontifex University offers online courses and a Master’s degree in Sacred Art. You can learn more about the program by listening to this podcast on Catholic Exchange where David Clayton, Provost of Pontifex University, describes the program and the importance of combining the study of art, theology ...

    On August 2, 2017
  • Red Eggs
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    The Red Egg

    An article by Deacon Lawrence discusses one of his art prints which depicts Saint Mary Magdalene with a bright red egg. The story was new to me. Tradition has it that upon meeting Tiberius Caesar, Mary Magdalene presented him with a gift of a white egg and announced that Jesus had risen. Caesar did not believe Mary and thought her story was as possible ...

    On July 29, 2017
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    Michelangelo Studied Cadavers?!

    Oh the things I have been learning! In this podcast featuring Father Corey Tufford via Catholic Bytes, we learn about the life of Michelango and his birth as an artist. At one point in his life, he actually studied cadavers to better understand the human body. This exercise definitely paid off as evident by his realistic representation of the human form. The podcast describes ...

    On July 3, 2017
  • Cologne Cathedral
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    Churches: More than Just Pretty Buildings

    Prior to becoming Catholic, I would walk into cathedrals around the world, like they were art museums. I never really asked myself, “What is the purpose of this space?” “What goes on here?” “Why was this built?” Instead, I would walk around snapping photos, comparing one church to another and which one I thought was the most beautiful. In this video, Dr. ...

    On July 2, 2017
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    Art Doesn’t Have to be Ambiguous

    Sitting at Mass, I’ll look up at the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows, a mix of colorful hues, and think “Oh, I have so many questions!” If you’ve ever seen abstract stained glass, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a hodgepodge of unidentifiable shapes and figures. You can make out animals (I am very convinced one of them is ...

    On July 2, 2017
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    New Documentary: Pope Francis’ Idea of Art

    A new documentary entitled “Pope Francis. My idea of art” was recently presented by the Vatican Museums. It is based on the book “Pope Francis – My idea of art” (Papa Francesco – La mia idea di Arte). I tried to find a copy of the book in English, with no luck. It appears to be exclusively in Italian. If someone knows otherwise, ...

    On July 2, 2017
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    The Barque of Peter

    Christian art is full of symbols and deeper meaning. But, it helps to know what to look for and how to interpret it. From time to time, I’ll feature a different symbol on Sacred Art Scene. Today, we’ll discuss an article on Aleteia by Philip Kosloski on the meaning of ships in Christian art. The first sentence of the article drew me in ...

    On June 26, 2017
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    An In-Depth Look at the Sistine Chapel

    Art historian, Elizabeth Lev, provides a TED Talk on the Sistine Chapel. What makes the Sistine Chapel so unique? How is it that the Sistine Chapel attracts 5 million people a year? What is the heart of the ceiling? How did Michelangelo’s background as a sculptor influence the ceiling? Watch this video to find answers to these questions along with an explanation of ...

    On April 18, 2017
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    Study Iconography in Bethlehem

    This Times of Israel article by Sarah Benhaida highlights the sacred craft of iconography studied by students at the Bethlehem Icon Center. Palestinian locals as well as pilgrims from around the world participate in icon painting courses.  What struck me was the attention to detail in the way products are sourced for each unique, handmade painting: Animal-hair brushes are selected in Jerusalem or even London, and the ...

    On April 14, 2017
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    Promoting Penance Through Art

    An article on Aleteia, written by Elizabeth Lev, explains the role art played in promoting the Sacrament of Penance during the Protestant Reformation. It specifically examines the importance of clergy participating in the Sacrament. When looking at Guido Reni’s Penitent Peter, Lev writes, His face turns upwards towards the source of light, hopeful in forgiveness as tears well up in his eyes and fall down his ...

    On April 3, 2017

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