Yes! We have a new gallery! Filled with hundreds of high-quality religious artworks that are all in the public domain! Hooray! You can see it here:
Isn’t it pretty???
Right now, there are only several hundred artworks in it, but trust me… there’s going to be a lot more. I’ll try to add a couple of artworks everyday. And! Hopefully by the end of the year, it’ll be a huge virtual collection of artwork that you can just immerse yourself in and really meditate on the greatness of God.
Because, really, that is the point of this website and my books and pretty much everything I do: to bring you closer to God through religious art.
Because religious art does affect us and affect us profoundly in ways that we can’t even define sometimes. When I visited Rome on my honeymoon and wandered around St. Peter’s Basilica, I was astonished and moved, not just because of the mere location but because of the beauty of the place. It was jaw-droppingly beautiful and it overwhelmed my senses so that I couldn’t help but contemplate God.
Or, as St. John Damascene put more poetically, “The beauty of the images moves me to contemplation, as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God.”
Of course, not all of us can go to Rome or visit museums all around the world to merely view religious paintings and to be moved by the art and contemplate the glory of God. For example, that is something that I am not able to do with all of my young children in tow!
However, I hope that this place can be a place of beauty that reminds of the glory of God.