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 Church and the Kingdom of God (3rd Grade)

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The office of Pope can be difficult. Focusing on Pope Francis and what he does can make it less so.

The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son

This image works well to discuss the depth of God's willingness to forgive us, if only we return. 

c. 1661-1669, Rembrant Van Rijn, oil on canvas, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

This well-known work is effective in discussing the meaning of the Last Supper.

c. 1495-1498, Leonardo Da Vinci, Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan, Italy.

Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus

Having multiple images of the Baptism of Jesus can help our imagination and understanding. Here are two to use with your students.

Port Au Prince mural, Cathédrale de Sainte Trinité, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Lamb of God Stained-Glass Window

The Lamb of God Stained-Glass Window

We call Jesus the Lamb of God. Use this image to talk about what that means with your students.

Lamb of God & Seven Seals (stained glass window detail), Saint Aloysius Catholic Church, Shandon, Ohio.

The Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb

The Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb

Use this image as the focal point for meditating on the Resurrection.

c. 1440-1442, Bl Fra Angelico, Convento di San Marco, Florence.

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

Use this picture to capture the drama, action, and emotions of the Good Samaritan parable. 

c. 1670, Jan Wijnants, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

Having a student-friendly image can make the parable of the Good Samaritan come alive.

c. after 1633, Rembrant, Wallace Collection, London.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Have a "conversation" with two works of art that help us understand living as Christians.

c. 1630, Rembrant, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

The Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish

The Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish

When you are trying to explain how Jesus could feed 5000 with a single lunch, this single picture is worth 1000 words.

c. 16th century, Ambrosius Francken, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium.

The Raising of the Widow’s Son

The Raising of the Widow’s Son

With this image you can talk about the miracle of Jesus raising the widow's son.

c. 17th century, Mario Minniti, Museo Regionale di Messina, Italy.

Mary of the People

Mary of the People

With this dramatic image, discussions of Mary as Intercessor flow quite naturally.

1579, Federico Barocci, The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.