Art & Architecture

Monks & Beer: 13 Paintings by Eduard von Grützner

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • August 16th, 2015

Listers, Eduard Theodor Ritter von Grützner (May 26, 1846 – April 2, 1925) was a German painter and professor of art especially noted for his genre paintings of monks. Grützner was, along with Carl Spitzweg and Franz von Defregger, one of Munich's leading genre painters in the second half of the... Read More →

In Dust and Ashes: 21 Images from the Book of Job

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • March 5th, 2014

Listers, the following is the entire gallery of William Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job. The gallery displayed is known as the Linell Set (AD 1821) and contains 21 watercolor pieces. There is also an earlier watercolor gallery known as the Butts set (1806). Later, Blake went on to... Read More →

The Story of the Magi in 12 Works of Art

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • December 24th, 2013

Listers, the Three Magi are **wrapped in mystery yet remain an indispensable part of the Nativity Narrative.** The term magi has strong connections to a Persian religious caste that produced pagan priests for Medes. It is arguably the same caste from which the Zoroaster of  Zoroastrianism arose.... Read More →

Our Lady of Milk: 20 Images of Mother Mary Nursing

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • November 10th, 2013

Listers, our Blessed Mother nursing the infant Christ has a long, rich, and multifaceted history within Sacred Art. Known by many names - Maria de la Leche, Maria Lactans, Nursing Madonna - the art arguably challenges certain modern Western sensibilities.1 More information and images may be found... Read More →

The Massacre of the Innocents in 10 Works of Art

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • December 28th, 2012

Listers, each year on December 28th the Roman Catholic Church celebrates those who died instead of the infant Christ. The "Holy Innocents" are recorded in St. Matthew's Gospel 2:16-18: Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending killed all the men... Read More →

5 Statues of Mother Mary that are Unique (and Some Unsettling)

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • November 5th, 2012

Listers, the inculturation of the Mater Dei by people groups throughout the globe and throughout the centuries has led to a plethora of beautiful and unique expressions of her maternal attributes. She is our Mother and our Queen. While displaying her regal and maternal characteristics has... Read More →

6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God's Love

Art & Architecture Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • August 24th, 2012

Listers, the Catholic Church has a vast reservoir of beautiful poetry that testifies to God's love for Creation and us. Poetry is an excellent tool of praise and acknowledgement of all that God has given us. Perhaps not as simple nor as easily entertaining as prose would be, poetry has an added... Read More →

Splendour of the East: 5 Byzantine Hymns All Catholics Should Know

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • August 19th, 2012

1. Axion Estin (It Is Truly Meet) It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim. Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word. ... Read More →

Glory of Rome: 5 Latin Hymns Every Catholic Should Know

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • August 12th, 2012

Listers, our study of the best hymns within the treasury of the Church continues with a look at the Latin hymns all Catholics should know. A previous look at the best English hymns can be found at 5 English Hymns All Catholics Should Know. 1. O Sanctissima Mater amata, intemerata: ora, ora... Read More →

5 English Hymns Every Catholic Should Know

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • August 7th, 2012

1. Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. O make us love Thee more and more! This Eucharistic hymn was written by Fr. William Faber. A friend of Bl. John Henry Newman's, Fr. Faber was a prominent cleric in the Church of England, who converted to Catholicism in the... Read More →

The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration: 8 Teachings from Cardinal Burke

Art & Architecture Theology

SPL Staff • June 27th, 2012

Listers, His Eminence Cardinal Burke is amongst the forefront of faithful Catholic leaders doing all they can to restore the Sacred Tradition of Holy Mother Church. In his new and first work - Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity  - the good Cardinal displays his... Read More →

The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art and Literature: 4 Reasons Why You Should Care

Art & Architecture Theology

SPL Staff • June 22nd, 2012

**Listers, think of all your favorite Catholic authors (Chesterton, Tolkien, O'Connor, Percy, Greene, Powers). Besides being Catholic, what other common similarity do they all share? ** The answer is: They're all dead! (God rest them). Now try to think of just one famous Catholic fiction writer... Read More →

3 Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul

Art & Architecture Literature

SPL Staff • June 1st, 2012

Listers, contemporary Catholic authors are becoming more and more of an endangered species in the world of literature. Catholic authors have to toe a very thin line when trying to write works that will testify to the Catholic experience in art and literature. However, this is difficult when... Read More →

6 Types of Catholic Churches: The Basics

Art & Architecture Theology

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2012

Listers, there are many kinds of Catholic Churches, and each kind has further subclasses which make for a rather confusing classification system. Here is a quick list comprised of highlights from the Catholic Encyclopedia pages on various kinds of Churches. 1. Cathedral: The chief church of a... Read More →

The Glory of Catholic Art: Matthew Alderman Studios Presents 21 Must-See Images

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • February 20th, 2012

Listers, today SPL proudly presents the artwork of Matthew Alderman Studios. MATTHEW ALDERMAN is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame's distinguished classical design program and a noted expert and frequent speaker on traditional liturgical planning, church furnishing design and... Read More →

10 Architectural Terms All Catholics Should Know

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • December 1st, 2011

Listers, the following is a list of  basic architectural terms that imports the vocabulary necessary to understand the sacred tradition of Catholic architecture. Too many Catholic churches have suffered under ephemeral and malformed modernist cultural trends, resulting in embarrassing and fatuous... Read More →
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