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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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The Agony in the Garden

Andrea Mantegna paints, in a very stylized manner, the Agony in the Garden on what looks like an altar as an allegory to Christ’s Passion as a sacrifice.

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Song of Songs

The Song of Songs in the Old Testament tells of a husband and her groom longing to be physically romantic with each other. It is an allegory of God's relationship with his people; Christ, with his Church.

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Baptism of Christ, Our Lady of Pastures

This obscure mural depicting the Baptism of Christ reminds us of the Crucifixion, the crossing of the Jordan into the promised land, and our ability to be tempted.

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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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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

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

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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The Brazen Serpent

The interesting thing that Vouet does in this painting is to depict the pole as a cross – 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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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 God’s plan to redeem the world. Miguel Cabrera uses imagery from Scripture to tell us that Mary is the new Eve...

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