Tag: Postmodern Art

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Right after the Last Supper, after Judas Iscariot had left the room, Christ gave a farewell speech to his disciples. He promised them that he would prepare a place for them all in heaven, the place where he was about to go. He also spoke about the way to get there. However, they struggled to … Continue reading I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

While he was in his forties, Jacob had a dream about God that changed his life forever. The dream took place while he was on the run from his brother, Esau, who he had cheated out of his birthright. To escape his angry twin, Jacob was sent by his parents to stay with his uncle … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

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)

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 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)

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)