Category: Postmodern Art

The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The story of the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus comes to us from St Mark’s gospel (Mark 10:46-52). In Luke’s version he is unnamed (18:35-43) and in St Matthew’s account, he is healed along with another blind beggar. Christ was on his final journey to Jerusalem, where he was to suffer and die. A … Continue reading The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The story of Christ healing a paralysed man is included in three of the gospels (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26). Each of the accounts include individual details which enable us to build up a bigger picture of what happened. One day, when Christ was teaching the people at a house in Capernaum (probably St … Continue reading The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

The scene of Christ being sentenced to death has a long history in Christian art. This is mostly due to the episode being the very first of the ‘Stations of the Cross’, the popular devotion that encourages Catholics to meditate on the suffering and death of Christ. Christ’s condemnation to death is covered in all … Continue reading Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The escape of the Holy Family from Israel into Egypt has long been a favourite subject in Christian art. The event was traditionally understood as one of the “seven sorrows” of the Virgin Mary, which explains why it became such a popular scene. Pope Benedict XVI explained the story this way: “The evangelist Matthew narrates … Continue reading The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

St. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and is traditionally considered the author of the gospel that bears his name. Pope Benedict XVI explained: “His name in Hebrew means "gift of God". The first canonical Gospel, which goes under his name, presents him to us in the list of the Twelve, labelled very precisely: … Continue reading The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

This painting by the Benedictine nun and artist Sister Petra Clare is based on the famous Russian icon by Andrei Rublev, known as the Trinity or the Hospitality of Abraham. The story of Abraham's warm welcome of three strangers contains a number of messages - the foretelling of a miraculous birth, as well as the importance of … Continue reading The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

After rising from the dead, Christ continued to appear to his followers for forty days. Once this time was up, he then returned to heaven. According to the book of Acts, the twelve apostles were witnesses of this event, which is known as the 'Ascension' of Christ. Pope St John Paul II neatly summarised the … Continue reading The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)