Rosary Mysteries in Fine Art – Luminous Mysteries…


... So far this month I've featured portraits and rosary symbolism in fine art. Now I want to focus on the particular mysteries of the rosary to illustrate how the devotion, while wholly Marian in nature, is also a meditation on the life of Christ.Thursday we pray the Luminous Mysteries, which are dedicated to the public life of Christ - The Baptism in the Jordan, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist.These … [Read more...]

Symbols of the Virgin Mary…


... Taking this month's theme of the rosary in a direction away from portraits, today's Rosary in Fine Art example is a still life by Dirck de Bray c. 1672.This particular still life incorporates symbolism associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: the rose, a rosary, rosemary, the thurible, and the crown.To see previous posts and examples of the rosary in fine art, click here. … [Read more...]

Portrait of a Widow at Her Devotions…


... Keeping with this month's theme, the Holy Rosary.Leandro Bassano, c. 1590 Widow at Her DevtionsThe newly widowed women prays before a painting of the Birth of the Virgin Mary.See previous examples of the rosary in fine art. … [Read more...]

The Rosary is Manly…


... When I announced yesterday my plans to feature fine art with a rosary theme for the month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, someone noted that they would like to see paintings of men praying the rosary, specifically non-clerical men, because he was tired of the stereotype that the devotion was for women and grannies.I get that. Some rosaries can look like items of jewelry instead of the powerful prayer weapons that they truly are. So I accepted his challenge and found … [Read more...]

The Rosary in Art – Women Praying The Rosary…


... After a long hiatus, I've returned to resume regular writing on the month honoring the rosary, the devotion that brought me to Catholicism."The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and … [Read more...]