Tag: Modern Art

Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

In the region of Caesarea Philippi, Christ told his disciples for the first time that he was the Messiah that had been promised in the Old Testament. At the same time, he also revealed his plan to found the Church, which was to be led by St Peter as the first Pope. The Catechism explains: … Continue reading Christ gives the keys to St Peter (Matthew 16:13-20)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The story of the prophet Balaam is perhaps one of the quirkiest in the Old Testament. It begins as the Israelites are encamped on the border of Moab, ready to conquer the land. Balak, the king of Moab, decided that he had to take drastic action to stop this happening. In desperation, Balak contacted Balaam, … Continue reading Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The second book of the Maccabees is one of the last-written books found in the Old Testament. It contains a story of seven brothers and their mother, who were all martyred for their refusal to break the Law of Moses. A century and a half before Christ, a ruthless man named Antiochus Epiphanes became king … Continue reading The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

This mosaic scene is found in St Paul's chapel within Westminster Cathedral. It depicts the vision that St Paul had on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus. Scripture says that St Paul (then known as 'Saul') was floored by a flash of light and heard the voice of Christ. The Latin text under the image reads 'Surge, … Continue reading The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

This bold oil painting of the crucifixion is by the modern artist Graham Sutherland. The work was commissioned in 1963 for the newly-opened church of St Aidan in East Acton. Sutherland had already created a series of artworks based on the crucifixion, but this was his first for a Catholic church. In this bright red canvas, he referenced the … Continue reading Christ dies upon the cross (John 19:28-30)

Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)

Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)

Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, one week before his death, is celebrated by the Church on Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday. All four gospels describe Christ's arrival in the city - riding on a donkey and greeted by cheering crowds who waved palm branches and spread their cloaks upon the ground. (Matthew 21:1-11; … Continue reading Christ enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11)