An impressive collection of Catholic art is now accessible for free thanks to digital collections.
From New York to Rome, cities across the world are shutting down restaurants, cinemas and museums in an effort to control the coronavirus pandemic. The good news for the many of us social distancing at home is that many cultural institutions are responding to such an unprecedented crisis by opening their collections to the digital world. Here is a list of religious artworks that Catholics can visit, for free, from the comfort of their homes.
Metropolitan Museum, New York
The Met opened some 375,000 images to the public back in 2017 as part of its Open Access Initiative. Catholic viewers will particularly appreciate its collection of Renaissance-era Madonnas, from the richly detailed work of Crivelli to the harmonious portrait of Madonna and the child by Filippino Lippi. The Met’s stunning collection of golden crucifixes should also not be missed. From the delicate brush of Fra Angelico to the pathos and naturalism of Lorenzetti, there are enough works of art to fill up an afternoon break.