Using Sacred Art to Bring the Faith Alive

How to Use

Because sacred art is a proven way to infuse your classroom with beauty while encouraging fruitful discussions, we have included several images below, along with ways to bring the painting to life.

How to Use

Because sacred art is a proven way to infuse your classroom with beauty while encouraging fruitful discussions, we have included several images below, along with ways to bring the painting to life.

Art featured in Spirit of Truth: The Blessed Trinity and the Holy Family (K)

Anastasis

Anastasis

Reflecting on this dramatic fresco helps your students understand the Harrowing of Hell, which took place on Holy Saturday when Jesus freed the just who had gone before Him.

Apse fresco of the Anastasis, Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Jesus consecrated the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Let your students know that this happens at every Mass!

c. 1997, Vasily Igorevich Nesterenko, Patriarchal refectory of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Pavlograd, Russia

Pentecostes

Pentecostes

Go deeper into your study of Pentecost and the birth of the Catholic Church with this beautiful painting.

c. 1615, Fray Juan Bautista Maino, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows

Help your students understand the suffering Christ, as well as the origin of Lent, with this image.

c. 1860, William Dyce

Resurrection

Resurrection

When Mary Magdalene first saw the resurrected Jesus, she thought He was the gardener. When she realized it was Jesus, she knelt and said "Rabboni!", which means "teacher".

c. 1440-1442, Fra Angelico, Basilica di San Marco, Florence, Italy

Jesus Before Pilate

Jesus Before Pilate

Pilate sentenced Jesus to death on the Cross. Help your students understand this part of Christ's Passion.

c. 1308-1311, Duccio Buoninsegna, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son

This image brings to life for your students one of Jesus' most beloved Parables about God's love and mercy.

c. 1773, Pompeo Batoni, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

Having a student-friendly image can make the parable of the Good Samaritan more meaningful for students.

c. 1890, Vincent Van Gogh

The Two Trinities

The Two Trinities

This unique painting shows Jesus and the "two trinities." Challenge your students to find them in this picture and reflect on how the family is an icon of the Trinity. 

c. 1675-1682, Bartolome Estaban Murillo, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Mary and Joseph, like all faithful Jews, presented their baby to God in the temple. Simeon holds the baby Jesus in this image.

c. 1433-1434, Bl. Fra Angelico

Ethiopian Icon

Ethiopian Icon

Having multiple images of the Baptism of Jesus can help our imagination and understanding. Here is one to help your students understand the concept of Baptism.

The Visitation

The Visitation

Show your students the visitation, the origin of a line in the Hail Mary: "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus."

c. 1433-1434, Bl. Fra Angelico