Dormition of the Virgin

Dormition of the Virgin

A proliferation of paintings depicting the end of Mary's life shows Christ carrying her as a child. It is a visual allegory of Mary as daughter Zion - the endearing daughter of God.

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Judith Beheading Holofernes

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Typology is a big help when we understand the New Testament through the Old Testament. The story of Judith, and Jael, help us understand the role of Mary.

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Coronation of the Virgin

Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of Mary has been a long standing conviction of Christians since the early centuries and has its roots in traditions in the Davidic Kingdom of which Jesus is king.

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Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

Dante Alighieri depicts hell as a frozen prison with Satan, who has three faces, trapped in ice. We will discuss the theological canvas that Dante uses to bring out meaning to these symbolisms.

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Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

This Fresco in the Vatican Palace reveals many recurring themes that have been taught and passed down through the ages such as The Communion of Saint, the origin of the Holy Spirit, the Real Presence, and the acceptance of mystery.

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The Rossano Gospels: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Rossano Gospels: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Rossano Gospels is an illuminated manuscript that illustrates Jesus as the Good Samaritan. This Art Speaks hands down what the Church Fathers think about this parable and how it sees the importance of the Church.

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Isenheim Altarpiece

Isenheim Altarpiece

When Matthias Grunewald painted the Isenheim Altarpiece, he added John the Baptist and a lamb in the crucifixion scene to help us remember that it is the body and blood of Christ we part take of in every mass. The finger of John the Baptist points to...

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life mosaic in the Basilica of San Clemente expresses that the Church is the Bride of Christ, a source of nourishment through its sacraments, and a Communion of Saints. It is the blood from the side of Christ that waters the tree...

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Christ Appearing to his Mother

Christ Appearing to his Mother

Although not explicit in Scripture, Juan de Flandes paints Christ appearing to his mother right after the Resurrection. It reflects a non-dogmatic Catholic tradition that is in the hearts of theologians that answers where Jesus went so early on Easter...

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The Brazen Serpent

The Brazen Serpent

The interesting thing that Vouet does in this painting is to depict the pole as a cross Ė even if scripture does not describe it as such. It shows a clear connection between these episodes in the Old Testament and the crucifixion of Christ. How?

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Christ in Limbo

Christ in Limbo

When we profess in the creed that Christ descended to the dead, we say that he freed all those good people who were not able to enter heaven before his death opened it. Fra Angelico gives us interesting details especially the devil crushed by the door...

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The Virgin of the Apocalypse

The Virgin of the Apocalypse

Mary is often depicted crushing the head of a serpent, which is symbolic of her triumph over evil through her cooperation with Godís plan to redeem the world. Miguel Cabrera uses imagery from Scripture to tell us that Mary is the new Eve...

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