Category: Religious Art

Every Picture Tells a Story

By Chris McDonnell – The early “iconography” or art of the Church, consisted of beautiful and often symbolic representations of Our Lord, Our Lady and the saints painted on walls or on pieces of...

A Painting That Teaches the Nativity

A14th-century altarpiece from Siena, Italy, tells the story of the Nativity in perfect visual terms, as Jem Sullivan explains. ‘Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the ...

Top-rated Pope Film Won’t Be Screened in SA

A  critically acclaimed documentary about Pope Francis by award-winning director Wim Wenders will not go on circuit in South African, or any African, cinemas anytime soon. The feature-length documentary Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word, which was lauded by film critics worldwide, will not come to Africa because the international distributors have no plans at present of bringing it to the continent with the world’s fastest-rising Catholic population.

Deadline Closing for Marian Shrine Logo Design Contest

Time is running out for Catholics in the Johannesburg archdiocese to take part in the Mother of Mercy Marian Shrine slogan, logo and statue design contest. The project committee is inviting Catholics to submit an original drawing or logo design in accordance with the theme “Mary Mother of Mercy”.

Keeping the Garden Green: Vatican uses Essential Oils on Outdoor Art

The Vatican Museums and the Vatican City governor’s office – which includes the gardeners – are involved in a five-year project to develop ecologically friendly cleaning agents and techniques to clean, restore and maintain the 570 works of art on display outside. Those works include fountains, statues and stone plaques.