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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Praying the Rosary with Great Works of Art

I've created a booklet of some of my favorite works of art (10MB PDF) – 21 works of art, spanning 500 years. I tried to make the paintings as large as possible on letter-sized paper. It looks fairly good when printed on a black-and-white laser printer. Also available as a Flickr Set.

Great art like this can be helpful in praying the rosary. All of the mysteries of the rosary are represented in the paintings below.

The Annunciation
The Annunciation, Tiepolo (1696-1749), pen and brown ink, brown wash

The Visit of Mary to Elisabeth
The Visit of Mary to Elisabeth, Giotto (1266-1337), fresco

The Nativity
The Nativity, Giotto (1304-06), fresco

Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Shepherds, Ghirlandaio (1485), wood

Icon of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
Icon of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Andrei Rublev, 1405, tempera on wood

Christ Among the Doctors
Christ Among the Doctors, Dürer (1506), oil on panel

The Baptism of Jesus Christ
The Baptism of Jesus Christ, El Greco (1608), oil on canvas

The Marriage at Cana
The Marriage at Cana, Master of the Catholic Kings (1495), oil on panel

Jesus Preaching (“La Tombe”)
Jesus Preaching (“La Tombe”), Rembrandt (1652), etching

Transfiguration, Fra Angelico (1439-1443), fresco

Institution of the Eucharist
Institution of the Eucharist, Fra Angelico (1450), fresco

Agony in the Garden
Agony in the Garden, Botticelli (1500), tempera on panel

Flagellation, Duccio (1308-11), tempera on wood

Christ Mocked (Crowning with Thorns)
Christ Mocked (Crowning with Thorns), Bosch (1495-1500), oil on wood

Christ Carrying the Cross
Christ Carrying the Cross, Bosch (1490), oil on panel

Crucifixion, Giotto (1304-06), Giotto, fresco

Pieta, Michelangelo (1499)
Photo by Ioja,

The Resurrection
The Resurrection, El Greco, (1577-79), oil on canvas

Supper at Emmaus
Supper at Emmaus, Rembrandt (1648)

Ascension of Christ
Ascension of Christ, Russian, 16th century icon

Pentecost, Duccio (1308-11), tempera on wood

Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the Virgin, Gherarducci (1365), tempera on wood

Madonna del Magnificat
Madonna del Magnificat, Botticelli (1480-81), tempera on panel

The Last Judgment
The Last Judgment, Michelangelo (1534-1541), fresco


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