Tag: Postmodern Art

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)