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Art

Our collection of articles on art that uses religious inspiration and motifs, intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual.

The “Codex Amiatinus” is the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate

It is also considered to be the most accurate copy of St. Jerome’s original translation.

The curious meaning of panthers in Christian medieval art

According to mythical tales, panthers were thought to be so gentle only dragons were their enemies.

The strange case of the demon with the ice cream cone on the cathedral façade

Just as medieval masons drew inspiration from the bestiary they had at hand, contemporary artists blend tradition and pop culture to convey the same eternal message.

The apse of the church of Sant Climent of Taüll, a Romanesque masterpiece

A replica of the most famous work by the anonymous “Master of Taüll” is still there in the church, deep in the Pyrenees.

Listen to Arvo Pärt’s rendition of Psalm 130, “De Profundis”

The Estonian musician, considered the founder of “holy minimalism” in music, became the first composer to ever win the Ratzinger Prize, back in 2017.

One of the most perfect statues of the Italian Renaissance shows the martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

The drape the saint carries around his shoulders is a direct reference to the martyrdom he suffered.

The meaning of whales in Christian art

Spoiler: It’s not all about Jonah.

How St. Martin de Porres taught this priest/sculptor about racism

For Fr. Thomas McGlynn, the story of St. Martin’s life sparked a healing at the level of the soul, which then bore fruit in creativity.

Voces8 performing Fauré’s “Pie Jesu” will bring you to tears

Webber's "Pie Jesu" is beautiful, but Fauré's is more accommodating to prayer.

Is there a difference between an aureole, a halo, and a mandorla?

Often confused with each other, aureoles and “almonds” play a key role in Christian iconography.

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