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Created at a dramatic moment in European history, this explosive ceiling fresco celebrates the triumph of Jesus.
Spotlight on Christ! Watching this dramatic scene unfold, we become a part of it, as if already inside the tomb.
That hoof, that sword—everything is so close! This chapel gives us a privileged view of a private conversion.
Pozzo’s fresco reaffirms the authority of the Catholic Church and hails its expansion across four continents.
Poussin’s ideal landscapes inspired generations of followers. Here, our eye finds a place to rest amidst the ruins.
Lord, where are you going? As Peter recoils in astonishment, a muscular Jesus points the way to Rome.
Uniting spiritual and earthly realms, Caravaggio has left a space open for us in this circle of mourners.
A world turned upside down? Caravaggio not only upends St. Peter, but also turns artistic convention on its head.
As the apostle’s tattered green shirt suggests, this is a rough and tumble world, far from the pomp of the Church.
Caravaggio captures a spiritual awakening, with only light and gesture identifying these figures as divine.
This is Baroque scenery at its finest. Like a stage set, the altarpiece lowers to reveal a statue of St. Ignatius.
In this defense of images, St. Luke turns his back on the written word to focus on painting