Category: art

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 29, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 29, 2015

Marlene Dumas: Solo Isolation and Loss by Jonathan Evens Marlene Dumas writes of having admired Jesus in the works of Holbein, Zurbarán, Grünewald, Pasolini, El Greco, Velázquez and Titian. She writes of having failed him as she has failed few other subjects, citing her own The Last Supper as evidence. She also mentions not fearing […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 15, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 15, 2015

Mattia Preti: Pilate Washing his Hands Who is Responsible? by Keith White In Matthew 27:11-26 we read about the event depicted in this painting. After the rushed ‘trial’ of Jesus the Jewish leaders handed him over to Pilate, the Roman governor of the province. Jesus did not defend himself against any accusations and Pilate, urged […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation February 22, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation February 22, 2015

~ Colin Booth: Jesus Wept Jesus Became a Curse by Reinier Sonneveld   This is a curse. The words ‘Jesus Wept’ are known to be the shortest verse in the King James Bible (John 11:35). But in Ireland, England and Australia ‘Jesus Wept’ is used as a curse. You use it when you are irritated […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 15, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 15, 2015

~ Stanley Spencer: Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing-Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916 A Moment of Peace in the Chaos of War by Caroline Levisse When the First World War started, Stanley Spencer was 23 years old and had just graduated from the Slade School of Art in London. He volunteered in 1915 […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 8, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 8, 2015

Harmke Koning: Cloud Tree Cloud Tree  by Miranda van Holland   In Borne, a village in the Netherlands, one can find a remarkable installation by the young Dutch artist Harmke Koning. This work, titled Cloud Tree, is an object of a few meters high, transparent and light, that stands in the middle of a pond. […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 1, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 1, 2015

Saint Maurice An Old Martyrdom Remembered by Martin Robra   The Abbey of St. Maurice, south of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, celebrates its 1500th anniversary this year. Saint Maurice, the name of its patron saint, reminds us until today of the story of the martyrdom of the Theban Legion and connects the Church of Europe […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ January 25, 2015

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ January 25, 2015

  ~ Don Froese: The Face of Jesus  Jesus Christ, Our Sun-Face Saviour by Victoria Emily Jones Don Froese is a First Nations artist from British Columbia as well as a Christian. In 2008 he was commissioned by Wiconi International (an organization that works to promote community, strengthen culture and foster spiritual vitality among Native […]

 ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ November 30, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ November 30, 2014

~ Bernd Nestler: Lux Nova Incomprehensible  by Patrik Scherrer  In this non-figurative window everything seems to be moving and turning around the dark red centre that is located two thirds towards the top. While the circular movement that starts at the bottom right continues in the middle of the window, the movement in the upper […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ November 2, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ November 2, 2014

  ~ New Memorial Places in Churches in The Netherlands  Memorial Places: Experience of Solidarity  by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker  For Christian congregations commemoration is a core activity. We remember God’s great deeds in history, in our own lives and the lives of our loved ones in the same way that God remembers us and all who […]

 ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ October 12, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ October 12, 2014

~ Alfred Manessier: The Passion According to Matthew Experience Expressed by Jérôme Cottin  Alfred Manessier (1911-1993) was one of the great painters of the 20th century and one of the main representatives of lyrical abstract art. He also was a committed Christian. He belongs to the rare group of artists who were well-known internationally as […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ September 28, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ September 28, 2014

Michael Jepkes: Entombment A Momentous Task by Michael Jepkes   Commissioned by the church council of the Roman Catholic Peter and Paul Church in Breda, The Netherlands, I painted this oil painting in 2006 for the newly built church. The subject is the Entombment of Christ. As the parishioners found the new church to be rather […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ September 14, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ September 14, 2014

~ Maurice Novarina: Notre Dame du Léman in Vongy, France Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with You by Jonathan Evens   Maurice Novarina was born in 1907 in a family of builders in Thonon-les-Bains, a small city located at the French side of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. His career as an architect […]

 ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ August 10, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ August 10, 2014

~ Shirley Purdy: Ngambuny Ascends   Touching God is Touching the Earth by Rod Pattenden Within the Christian tradition there is a stream of thinking that leads our eyes to look more carefully at the earth and our material lives for the signs of God’s grace. Rather than just seeing God in the heavens, God is […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ August 3, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ August 3, 2014

~ Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)  A Hope to Die For  by Nigel Halliday   In this new work by Bill Viola, installed in St Paul’s Cathedral in London, four martyrs are shown next to each other, each isolated in their own video. They emerge from darkness, in bondage. They are then subjected […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 27, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 27, 2014

~ The Cathedral of Orvieto  Marginalia or Eschatological Iconography?: Providence and Plenitude in the Imagery of Abundance at Orvieto Cathedral  by Rachel Hostetter Smith The Cathedral of Orvieto is primarily known for one of two things: as the site where the Pope instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi or for the dramatic apocalyptic narrative frescoes […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 13, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 13, 2014

~ Wisnu Sasongko: The Song of Nature Harmony of Life by Wisnu Sasongko I hear the sounds of nature being called out from the alienation of modern life. Birds sing hymns of thanksgiving, flutes reverberate in the fields and musicians play percussive rhythms that awaken people’s spirits. The heat of the sun has been sufficient […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 6, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ July 6, 2014

~ Anthony Caro: The Last Judgement Protest in Hope by Jérôme Cottin The biblical theme of the last judgement, so often depicted in the medieval art of the West, is barely present in contemporary art. Yet the recently deceased English sculptor Anthony Caro (1924-2013) has created an impressive series of sculptures, semi-abstract, semi-figurative, on this […]

 ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 29, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 29, 2014

~ Hugo van der Goes: The Portinari Altarpiece Meditating on the Life of Christ  by H.R. Rookmaaker In the 1470’s the wealthy Florentine art dealer Portinari, who maintained tight trade relations with Flanders, commissioned the renowned artist van der Goes of the Southern Netherlands to create an altar depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds. The altar would […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 22, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 22, 2014

~ Soichi Watanabe: God Carrying Us  The Path Shown by Trouble  by Soichi Watanabe  Even to your old age I am he, even when you turn grey I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. Isaiah 46:4 My hometown of Ishinomaki was damaged immensely by the […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 15, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ June 15, 2014

~ Imre Szakács: Mustard Seed  Interlaced with Light  by Anikó Ouweneel-Tóth Imre Szakács is, in his own words, a ‘visual writer’. He is one of the most important artists in Hungary today making religious artworks. His visual language is very recognizable. He is known for his dramatic paintings with mysterious symbolism and surrealistic traits. I […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation Pentecost ~ June 8, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation Pentecost ~ June 8, 2014

~ Donna Shasteen: The Spirit Searches  Free Firebird  by Laurence Mottier Does this firebird which spreads its red glowing feathers over the world represent divine judgment that consumes and condemns or an audacious presence that revives our lives? Our imagination has the tendency to see this celestial fire as a destructive force emanating from an […]

June ~ Miracles of Light, Prayer & Spiritual Healing

June ~ Miracles of Light, Prayer & Spiritual Healing

~ The Southern Gate ~ Summer Solstice Archangel Gabriel ~ Prayer ~ Spiritual Healing ~ June is a month of abundance during which the Godseed within us continues its unfolding according to the blueprint of our souls.  Everything necessary for our growth has already been given, and through the application of “scientific prayer” and spiritual […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 25, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 25, 2014

~ A.W. den Beer Poortugael: Job and his Friends  Misplaced Counsel  by Wim Eikelboom  With which scene in the book of Job does this painting match up? The man on the left is full of desperation. This is Job. As tormented biblical figure he is a symbol for the suffering which can befall all mankind. […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 18, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 18, 2014

~ Ana Maria Pacheco: The Longest Journey Winging Home  by Meryl Doney  Ana Maria Pacheco is an artist of extraordinary diversity. Her work draws on a wide variety of cultural references from her Brazilian heritage, including folklore, classical myth, mystical Catholicism and medieval satire. She moves freely between one medium and another, producing drawings, etchings, […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 11, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 11, 2014

~ Antoni Gaudí: Sagrada Famila and the Crypt of Colònia Güell  God’s Architect  by Jonathan Evens Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), architect of the Sagrada Familia or Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family in Barcelona in Spain, utilises natural form both for utilitarian and aesthetic reasons. He described nature as ‘the Great Book, always open, that we should […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 4, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ May 4, 2014

~ The Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland Alphonse Laverrière, Paul Landowski and Henri Bouchard: The Reformation Wall Geneva and the Emergence of Civil Order  by Albert Hengelaar  This meditation focuses on a unique monument: The Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland. Though one would think this monument to be all about theology, upon reflection it remarkably […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ April 13, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ April 13, 2014

~ Wasili Wasin: Entry into Jerusalem Two Fingers and a Donkey  by Alfred C. Bronswijk  Granted, only seldom the Christian mind zooms in on animals. Also in the Bible they tend to be more in the background than in the foreground. You may be surprised, however.  Enter an Eastern-Orthodox church building. In front of you […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation  ~ April 6, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ April 6, 2014

~ Albert Servaes: First Station of the Cross Directed to the Cross   by Reina Folkerts   This is the first station of the Way of the Cross by the Flemish expressionist painter Albert Servaes (1883-1966). He created it in 1919 for a church in the small village of Luithagen, Belgium, where it has continually […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 9, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 9, 2014

~ Madeleine Dietz: Cross  A Cross of Steel and Dust by Patrik Scherrer    The cross is lying on the ground, not standing up vertically. The materials of which the cross is made are unusual as well: a steel frame filled with earth. Even so it conveys a Christian message to me. The cross is […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 2, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ March 2, 2014

~ Awakening the Fools  Cecil Collins: Joy of the Fool  by Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson   But there always exist in society some men and women whom the Fool touches, who respond to the Fool. For the Fool awakens the Fool in others, but in many the Fool is stifled or sleeps. […] The Fool is […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 23, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 23, 2014

~ Jacob Jordaens: Moses and his Nubian Wife A Lesson in Love by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker     The title gives it away. In this painting Moses is depicted with his Nubian or Ethiopian wife. We can recognize him by the table of the law in his left hand. The woman is richly dressed and wears […]

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 16, 2014

ArtWay Visual Meditation ~ February 16, 2014

~ Arnulf Rainer: Moses before the Burning Bush Veiling and Unveiling by Jérôme Cottin Arnulf Rainer (b. 1929) is undoubtedly the most important living Austrian artist. His work is known and valued across the world. In his early years he belonged to the Austrian avant-garde and rebelled against all kinds of institutions in his country […]