Category: Postmodern Art

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 Multiplication of the Loaves (John 6:1-15)

The Multiplication of the Loaves (John 6:1-15)

The miracle of the loaves and fishes, often referred to as the ‘Feeding of the 5,000’ is found in all four of the gospels. (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-15) In the story, Christ borrowed some loaves and fishes from a little boy, blessed and broke them, and then miraculously used them to … Continue reading The Multiplication of the Loaves (John 6:1-15)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

Just before Christ ascended to heaven, he promised his apostles that after he was gone, he would empower them with the Holy Spirit. They were to wait in Jerusalem for this to happen (Acts 1:1-4). This event took place ten days later, on the feast day of Pentecost. They were all gathered together in the Upper Room … Continue reading The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)

The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

This brightly-coloured, imposing window from St George's Cathedral depicts the Resurrection of Christ in glory on Easter Sunday. The details of the stricken Roman soldiers, who were keeping guard at the tomb, show that the scene is based on St Matthew's gospel - who alone records their presence. The Risen Christ is shown in a manner that has … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)

The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)

The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)

Although it’s a favourite subject in art, little is actually known of the childhood of Christ. All we know is that after his birth in Bethlehem, he grew up in Nazareth, living in obedience to his parents. As Pope St John Paul II said: “The Gospels offer very sparse information about the years the Holy … Continue reading The Childhood of Christ (Luke 2:39-40; 51-52)