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The Descent from the Cross

The masterpiece of Roger Van der Weyden gives us three insights from the position of Jesus and Mary, from the bones at the bottom, and the alternate name of the painting.

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What we can learn from the Pieta

The La Pieta is one of the most recognized sculptures of all time but there is more to its beauty. This ArtSpeaks will explore the different things this magnificent work of art alludes to.

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Triptych in Defense of Mary's Perpetual Virginity

This triptych of multi-layered symbolism and typology explains, in images, the perpetual virginity of Mary.

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The Ceiling of St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney

The ceiling of St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney exposes its wooden beams for a reason. This ArtSpeaks explains why.

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Deesis

The deesis is a style from Byzantine influence that reflects what Catholics believe when they pray for others or when they ask the intercession of the saints.

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The Creation of Adam

While the fresco is probably the most recognized work of art and visually tells of Adam's creation, this ArtSpeaks will investigate the other persons in this image and it's massive implication in understanding creation.

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The Chair of St. Peter

On February 22, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostles. Why have a feast for a chair? This Artspeaks answers why.

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The Triumph of the Holy Innocents

The massacre of innocent children is hardly a triumph, but when one dies for Christ, then it is an achievement. This ArtSpeaks will discuss the events surrounding the Holy Innocents and how it is triumphant.

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St. John Lateran Basilica

The basilica is the official seat of the Pope, and therefore mother church of all churches. It is quite interesting how its interior architecture shows, in a very visual way how the Church is founded on Peter and the Apostles.

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Dance of Death

The Dance of Death was a somewhat morbid fresco that could be found in early churches. This ArtSpeaks explains what it is and why churches would have them in their walls.

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