Category Archives: Religious Art

Images for the Fourth Sunday of Easter -2014

Readings: Acts 2: 42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2: 19-25 and John 10: 1-10. Frequently called ‘Good Shepherd’ Sunday since the gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday always comes from John 10 which is all images surrounding Jesus being the Good Shepherd paired with Psalm 23.

I think the Acts 2 reading about the life of the earliest church is worth paying attention to as well so a couple images that remind me of this reading about the earliest followers devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching with breaking of bread and prayer and holding all things in common.

Virgin Mary at Pentecost in Our Lady Church, Grossgmain (Salzburg)

Virgin Mary at Pentecost in Our Lady Church, Grossgmain (Salzburg)

Mosaic Mural of Pentecost by Manuel Perez Paredes in Nuestro Senor del Veneno Temple, Mexico City

Mosaic Mural of Pentecost by Manuel Perez Paredes in Nuestro Senor del Veneno Temple, Mexico City

Now on to Good Shepherd Images:

Icon of the Good Shepherd

Icon of the Good Shepherd

This is an image of David, but paired with the image of the gate (which is about protection) I think it makes sense. From Life of David, Psalter of Basil II, late 10th Century, Constantinople

This is an image of David, but paired with the image of the gate (which is about protection) I think it makes sense. From Life of David, Psalter of Basil II, late 10th Century, Constantinople

Mosaic, Le Bon Pasteur, Ravenne Mausolee

Mosaic, Le Bon Pasteur, Ravenne Mausolee

Images for the Third Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41, Psalm 116, 1 Peter 1: 17-23, and Luke 24: 13-35

The Luke reading is the ‘Walk to Emmaus’ text which is very familiar and very well represented in art. Here are some selections:

James Tissot, The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road (1886-1894)

James Tissot, The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road (1886-1894)

Journey to Emmaus on the Cloister Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos, Castille-Leon Spain

Journey to Emmaus on the Cloister Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos, Castille-Leon Spain

Rousselin, Les pelerins d' Emmaus, 19th Century

Rousselin, Les pelerins d’ Emmaus, 19th Century

Gebhard Fugel, Jesus und der Gang nach Emmaus, turn of the 20th century, copyright holder released to public domain

Gebhard Fugel, Jesus und der Gang nach Emmaus, turn of the 20th century, copyright holder released to public domain

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus (1601-02)

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus (1601-02)

Bloemart, the Emmaus Disciples, 1622

Bloemart, the Emmaus Disciples, 1622

Henry Fuseli, Christ Disappearing at Emmaus (1792)

Henry Fuseli, Christ Disappearing at Emmaus (1792)Gebhard Fu

Images for the Second Sunday of Easter

The primary text for this Sunday is John 20: 19-31 where Jesus first appears to the rest of the disciples and then a second time when Thomas is present. Known by a lot of people as the ‘doubting Thomas’ story which is unfortunate since doubt, although there in most English translations, is not there in the Greek but that is a whole long story. Here are a few of the images for the week.

Jacek Andrzej Rossakiewicz, Jesus Appears to Thomas (1990) Copyright holder released rights to public domain

Jacek Andrzej Rossakiewicz, Jesus Appears to Thomas (1990) Copyright holder released rights to public domain

William Blake, Christ Appearing to the Apostles After the Resurrection (1795)

William Blake, Christ Appearing to the Apostles After the Resurrection (1795)

Carvaggio, The Incredulity of Thomas (1601-1602)

Carvaggio, The Incredulity of Thomas (1601-1602)

James Tissot, The Disbelief of Saint Thomas (1886-1894)

James Tissot, The Disbelief of Saint Thomas (1886-1894)

Thomas the Apostle, Russian Icon, 18th Century

Thomas the Apostle, Russian Icon, 18th Century

The Tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle in Mylapore, India

The Tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle in Mylapore, India

Images for Easter

There are a multitude of images of the resurrection out there, but here are a few

Noel Coypel, The Resurrection of Christ (1700)

Noel Coypel, The Resurrection of Christ (1700)

The Harrowing of Hell, 11th Century, anonymous

The Harrowing of Hell, 11th Century, anonymous

Auguste Clesinger, Structured Gallery of the Resurrection of Christ

Auguste Clesinger, Structured Gallery of the Resurrection of Christ

Mosaic of the Risen Christ at the World War I memorial cemetary Kreuzeringarten, Germany

Mosaic of the Risen Christ at the World War I memorial cemetary Kreuzeringarten, Germany

The Resurrection of Christ, Raphael (1499-1502)

The Resurrection of Christ, Raphael (1499-1502)

Russian Icon, Resurrection and Descent to Hell, 1600s

Russian Icon, Resurrection and Descent to Hell, 1600s

Images for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday

I’m returning to this project after a short break where I was doing a series that didn’t line up with the lectionary readings over lent.  There are a lot of images for this part of Holy Week and depending on how one approaches Maundy Thursday and Good Friday would determine what types of images one seeks (ex. footwashing or last supper on Thursday, stations of the cross or crucifixion on Good Friday) I have tried to gather some interesting images that I have not used elsewhere (for example see my poem Stay Here and Keep Watch)

Palm Sunday

Coptic Icon, Entry into Jerusalem

Coptic Icon, Entry into Jerusalem

Duccio dr Buonisegna, the Entry into Jerusalem (1308-11)

Duccio dr Buonisegna, the Entry into Jerusalem (1308-11)

Fresco in the Parish Church of Zirl, Austria of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

Fresco in the Parish Church of Zirl, Austria of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

James Tissot, The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (1886-1902)

James Tissot, The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem (1886-1902)

Maundy Thursday

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet (www.artbible.net/home/Accueil/-Joh-13,01_The feetwashing_Le lavement des pieds/19 Brown Jessus Washing Peter s Feet lon)

Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet (www.artbible.net/home/Accueil/-Joh-13,01_The feetwashing_Le lavement des pieds/19 Brown Jessus Washing Peter s Feet lon)

Anonymous the Feetwashing (Google image)

Anonymous the Feetwashing (Google image)

Unknown artist, from Vie de Jesus Mafa

Unknown artist, from Vie de Jesus Mafa

Good Friday

El Greco, Christ on the Cross (1588)

El Greco, Christ on the Cross (1588)

Trinity with Christ Crucified, Austrian abour 1410

Trinity with Christ Crucified, Austrian abour 1410

Crucifixion by tatertot101010@deviantart.com

Crucifixion by tatertot101010@deviantart.com

Time Heal All Wounds, by kparks@deviantart.com

Time Heal All Wounds, by kparks@deviantart.com

Images for Transfiguration Sunday, Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday of Lent

Forgot to get Transfiguration Sunday, this year from Matthew’s Gospel, out so it is a combined post with a lot of images:

Transfiguration Sunday

The initial reading is Moses being called up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, the design of the Tabernacle, etc. I found what I think is a really different image of Moses that reflects the multiple roles he constantly had to do in his time leading the people of Israel.

Moses by Victorvictori, permission granted by author through WikiCommons

Moses by Victorvictori, permission granted by author through WikiCommons

And now on to a few of the plethora of images of the Transfiguration:

Transfiguration by artjones@deviantart.com

Transfiguration by artjones@deviantart.com

 

Giovanni Bellini, Transfiguration of Christ (1487-1495)

Giovanni Bellini, Transfiguration of Christ (1487-1495)

 

The Saviour's Transfiguration, an early 15th century icon attributed to Theophanes the Greek

The Saviour’s Transfiguration, an early 15th century icon attributed to Theophanes the Greek

Transfiguration by Raphael, (1518-1520)

Transfiguration by Raphael, (1518-1520)

Ash Wednesday

There are a lot of images of black crosses and ashes out there, for imagery this time I’m focusing on Psalm 51 which the opening line attributes to David after he is confronted by the Prophet Nathan after he had go in to Bathsheba

Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi (1636)

Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi (1636)

 

Pieter Lastman, King David Handing the Letter to Uriah (1611)

Pieter Lastman, King David Handing the Letter to Uriah (1619)

James Tissot, Nathan Rebukes David (1896-1902)

James Tissot, Nathan Rebukes David (1896-1902)

 

Palma Giovane, Prophet Nathan ermahnt Konig David (1622)

Palma Giovane, Prophet Nathan ermahnt Konig David (1622)

First Sunday of Lent

Two really rich pictoral readings, the Genesis narrative of Adam and Eve and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Matthew’s full temptation narrative

First a couple select images of the Adam and Eve story I found interesting,

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by Dr. Lidia Kozenitzky (2009) Image made available by artist through WikiCommons

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by Dr. Lidia Kozenitzky (2009) Image made available by artist through WikiCommons

William Blake, Adam and Eve (1808)

William Blake, Adam and Eve (1808)

 

The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach (1530)

The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach (1530)

And the Temptation, where in Matthew there are the three distinct temptations

Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi, Christ in the Desert (1872)

Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi, Christ in the Desert (1872)

There are multiple artists who have done representations of the three temptations, like William Blake or Peter Paul Reubens, I’m going to just show James Tissot’s interpretation:

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness, James Tissot

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness, James Tissot

 

James Tissot, Jesus Carried to teh Pinnacle of the Temple

James Tissot, Jesus Carried to the Pinnacle of the Temple

 

James Tissot, Jesus Transported by a Spirit up to a High Mountain

James Tissot, Jesus Transported by a Spirit up to a High Mountain

 

James Tissot, Jesus Ministered to by the Angels (1886-1894)

James Tissot, Jesus Ministered to by the Angels (1886-1894), 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

This is another week where some of the linkages artistically are more difficult, since it is Jesus talking about loving enemies, going the second mile, turning the other cheek. There may be images out there that reflect this but I struggled to find direct linkages. There is plenty of images out there that rebel against these ideas. 

 

 

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom 1834

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom 1834

 

Maltreatments in the House of Caiphas, James Tissot (1886-1894)

Maltreatments in the House of Caiphas, James Tissot (1886-1894)

 

Images for the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany, Lectionary 6A

Continuing in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus interprets the commandments. The ideas for many of these images come out of the images in my copy of Luther’s Small Catechism around the fifth, sixth and eighth commandments

William Blake, Moses Receiving the Law (1780)

William Blake, Moses Receiving the Law (1780)

Peter Paul Rubens, Cain Slaying Abel, (1608-1809)

Peter Paul Rubens, Cain Slaying Abel, (1608-1809)

 

Jean-Leon Gerome, Bethsabee (1889 or 1885)

Jean-Leon Gerome, Bethsabee (1889 or 1885)

Michelangelo Merisis da Carvaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter

Michelangelo Merisis da Carvaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter

 

 

 

Images for the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany, Lectionary 5A

It is more abstract this week, if you want images for the Sermon on the Mount in General look back at the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. This week is Matthew 5: 13-20: Jesus telling the disciples they are the salt of the earth, light on a lampstand, a city on a hill and unless their righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees they will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Salt and Light by Anacre0n@deviantart.com

Salt and Light by Anacre0n@deviantart.com

More of an abstract image, but I found it helpful for my own meditation

Saltfish drying in Iceland

Saltfish drying in Iceland

A reminder that in the ancient world (pre-refrigerators) salt was mainly a preservative rather than a seasoning

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City on a Hill by antonisfes@deviantart.com

City on a Hill by antonisfes@deviantart.com

James Tissot, The Pharisee and the Publican (1894)

James Tissot, The Pharisee and the Publican (1894)