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August 12

Minimally Liminal

I discovered this image while looking through Biola University’s Center for Christianity Culture & the Arts. It is a digital illustration by Christopher Powers who oversees a ministry of art called “Full of Eyes” where he creates visual resources for the global church. Dream job! This is how the illustration is explained on the website: […]

August 05

Don’t Just Do Something…

This is a painting of a familiar Bible story told in Luke’s gospel about Jesus’ visit to sisters Mary and Martha. Mary is praised by Christ for her willingness to sit at his feet and listen to his teachings. Martha, however, is up and about, concerned with food preparation and housekeeping. The work is by […]

July 22

Watching the Battle

Who are these lovely ladies hiding in the crevice of a rock? What are they looking at? We learn from the painting’s title that their names are Courage, Anxiety, and Despair and they are watching a battle. This masterpiece is by British painter James Sant who was mostly known for his portraits. He was the […]

July 01

Saying Goodbye

I fell in love with this painting when I saw it. It is titled Our Lady Says Farewell to Christ and was painted by a Polish artist named Piotr Stachiewicz. It shows the tender moment when Jesus says goodbye to his mother and begins his public ministry. She strokes his hair and he kisses her […]

June 05

Forgiveness

I love the emotion this sculpture evokes. The title is Forgiveness which is an appropriate name for the scene playing out before us. We know this piece of art was made from marble, a hard substance to be sure, but after being in the hands of the artist, Pieter Braecke, the marble looks weightless, pliable, […]

May 21

The First Mourning

Once again this week we are dealing with mass murders in our country. It is heartbreaking. As the face of each victim is shown on the news, I can’t imagine what the families are going through. This painting aptly shows the grief of the most heart-wrenching loss—that of a child. This piece is titled, The […]

May 21

The Blind Leading the Blind

In Luke 6, Jesus asks, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?” This painting by Netherlandish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder shows us what this situation might look like. The leader of this hapless group of gentlemen has already fallen into the pit and his buddies […]

May 19

As One with Authority

If you have been reading my devotions, you know I love the Italian artist Caravaggio’s work. This painting wasn’t done by him, but the artist, Orazio Borgianni, used Caravaggio as inspiration. That is why we see dramatic lights and darks employed in this composition. Borgianni was an Italian painter as well but spent much time […]

May 17

Solitude

This gorgeous oil painting is by Frederic Leighton, a British painter and sculptor from the late 1800s. His paintings were enormously popular and expensive during his lifetime, but for some reason, fell out of favor in the early 20th century. Generally, his work illustrates biblical, classical, and historical subject matters but this painting is more […]

April 15

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. Christ was crucified on this day of Holy Week as reported in all four gospels. Although hard to look at, I wanted to share this depiction of this gruesome act. When I saw it, my eyes were immediately drawn to the eyes of Jesus. I whispered, “I am sorry,” and “thank […]