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 Sacraments (5th Grade)

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

Your students may be familiar with this image, but do they understand what it really means?

Fifth grade teachers: please note that a usable digital image of the Adolf Hyla Divine Mercy painting could not be located. We have provided here the 1934 Eugeniusz Kazimirowski painting.

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes: Christ’s First Call to the Disciples

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes: Christ’s First Call to the Disciples

This image gives a great visual for Christ's first call to the disciples, as well as how they responded.

c. 1545, Jacopo Bassano, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The Wedding Feast at Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana

Use this image to discuss Jesus' first miracle and what marriage means to the Church.

1819, Julius Schnorr Von Carolsfeld, Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Foot Washing

Foot Washing

Use this image to discuss what Jesus means about love and serving others.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

The Crucifixion and the Mond Crucifixion

The Crucifixion and the Mond Crucifixion

This image helps your students understand God's gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

c. 1503 by Raphael, The National Gallery, London. 

Healing of the Blind Man

Healing of the Blind Man

Use this image to help your students understand how Jesus heals us, and learn more about the institution of the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick.

c. 1308-1311, Duccio di Buoninsegna, National Gallery London and Art Resource New York.

King David in Prayer

King David in Prayer

King David was a master of prayer. Use this image to discuss prayer with your students.

c. 1635-1640, Pieter de Grebber, Purchased by the Museum Catharijneconvent with support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

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. 1661-1669, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Palsied Man Let Down through the Roof

The Palsied Man Let Down through the Roof

Use this powerful depiction of the faith of a sick man and his friends to get to Jesus with your students.

1886-1896, James Tissot, The Palsied Man Let Down through the Roof, Brooklyn Museum.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

There is almost no end to the directions you can take class discussion about this image; our discussion guide will point you in a few.

c. 1546, Jacapo Bassano, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy.

Descent of the Holy Ghost

Descent of the Holy Ghost

Use this image to discuss the moment when the Church was born.

15th century, Artist unknown, German, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Bring your students into the moment of Mary saying that grand Yes to changing the course of history forever.

1425-1428, Bl. Fra Angelico, Altarpiece at the Convento de Santo Domingo, Fiesole, 1425/28-1611