Tag: Modern Art

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)

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)

Christ is crucified (Mark 15:24-25)

Christ is crucified (Mark 15:24-25)

This sculpture of the crucifixion of Jesus was created in the 1950s by Philip Lindsey Clark, when the church of the Holy Apostles, Pimlico, was originally built. It is one of the fourteen Stations of the Cross found on the pillars around the church, carved in a similar fashion. St Matthew tells us that Jesus … Continue reading Christ is crucified (Mark 15:24-25)

Elisha succeeds Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-15)

Elisha succeeds Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-15)

The prophet Elisha was a pupil of the famous prophet, Elijah. He went on to become Elijah's successor and performed many miracles. At God's request, Elijah had first called Elisha to be his disciple and successor when he was ploughing with oxen. Eventually, the time came for Elijah to go to heaven. So the Spirit of … Continue reading Elisha succeeds Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-15)