#36: Sacred Art

On today’s episode, we discuss sacred art and its role in the spiritual life.

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is providing a free online course over a 12-week period entitled The Bible and the Virgin Mary. It is free! What do you have to lose!

The statues on the colonnades of St. Peter’s Basilica was discussed in this week’s trivia questions. Check out the details of all 140 statues including the name of each saint, the artist, and the date created.

Below is a picture of each piece of art discussed on today’s episode.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Song of the Angels (1881)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – The Virgin of the Lilies (1899)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – l’innocence (1893)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Virgin Comforter (1875)

Rembrandt – The Return of the Prodigal Son (1669)

Diego Velázquez – Coronation of the Virgin (1641-1644)

Noah Buchanan – Saint Maria Goretti (2008)

Divine Mercy

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bronze statue of St. Michael the Archangel

Statue of the Infant King at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, IL

Statue of the Infant King after surviving a fire in 2015

Pieta by Michaelangelo (1498–1499)

Saint Quote of the Week

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” – St. John Paul II

Recommended Reading

Making Art Manly Again by The Maccabee Society

Challenge of the Week

Buy religious art for your home. It is a great conversation starter when you have guests, and it lets everyone know you are Catholic! Consult with your spouse to make sure you purchase something that you can afford.

Dan recommends Accents-n-Art.com if you are interested in buying a painting online.

Here is a link to the exact painting of the Virgin of the Lilies that Dan purchased from Accents-n-Art.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Have you seen any of the paintings or statues that were mentioned on today’s show? Do you remember what your reaction was when you first saw them?
2. Do you think the church has failed to fully appreciate its artistic tradition in the last several decades? What can we do to encourage a restoration of fine art in our churches?
3. Do you plan to buy any religious art soon? If so, what do you plan to buy and why?

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