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Top 10 Nativity Images

These are the ten most popular Nativity images at Restored Traditions. Since 2009, these beautiful artworks of the birth of Jesus Christ have been bought and downloaded more than any other Nativity images sold here (the order of the images goes from most to least downloaded).  

These paintings are a combination of several themes revolving around the birth of Christ in Bethlehem: shepherds, kings, adoration, and the holy family. The only image without the Christ child is #9, which shows the Angel announcing the Nativity to the Shepherds. 

Though there are many typical motifs present, there are a few unusual points we find fascinating:

  • Saint Joseph is sleeping while God the Father and God the Holy Ghost appear at the Nativity in #6. Though Joseph certainly deserves his rest, we usually only see him sleeping in art when the go-to-Egypt-Herod-is-after-ya’ll angel appears to him in a dream.
  • The most prominent, gift-giving magi in #2 has taken off his crown and kneels to adore the Christ child. While doing so, he shows us that he’s a bearded and bald king — a fashion style we don’t normally see in art renditions of the three kings. 
  • A prominently shown Crucifix is painted on the top left of #7. This is certainly a foreshadowing of the reason for God becoming man: Redemption. Once again, though, a motif we don’t normally see in Nativity artwork. 

We wish everyone a fruitful Advent season and blessed Christmas!

1. The Adoration of the Shepherds by Esteban Murillo image


2. The Adoration of the Magi by Franz von Rohden 


3. The Adoration of the Shepherds by Bernardo Strozzi 


4. The Adoration of the Magi by Carlo Dolci


5. The Nativity by John Singleton Copley


6. The Nativity with God the Father and Holy Ghost by Giovanni Battista Pittoni


7. The Nativity by Lorenzo Lotto


8. The Holy Night by Carl Heinrich Bloch 


9. The Shepherds and the Angel by Carl Heinrich Bloch 


10. The Nativity by Federico Barocci


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10 Children Staring at You in C. Bloch Paintings

One of the funnest things about our work is picking up on trends that different artists employ.

We can’t help but cracking up a bit by noticing Carl Bloch’s sense of humor and simplicity. It’s fun to get to know the personality of the artist through the greatest legacy he left behind. No, Bloch didn’t write a nifty blog—he spoke through his paintings. It’s fascinating to get to know a person solely through their art!

So what have we learned about our new friend Carl? He loved sneaking random children into his paintings that express some of the greatest stories of Catholicism. It’s not something you notice right away, and it’s not something he did in every painting, but there are certainly enough of his artworks where children show up (usually appearing around 10-years-old) and, what’s even more cool is that they’re usually the only ones looking right at the viewer’s eyes, shoes or shoulders. Subliminal messaging you say? ha!

Carl Bloch had eight children whom he dearly loved. His friend, Hans Christian Andersen (famous children’s author), also saw the simplicity of a child in Bloch’s very personality. To commemorate one of his books, Andersen wrote the following verse about Carl Bloch:

image(Bloch Right, Andersen Left)

"When we then met, you were just as I thought
A child in soul and yet so manly wise.
Modest, doubting of thy own strength
Yet very sure of what Our Lord had bade thee
For otherwise such work could never be done.”

In one of Bloch’s letters to Andersen, Carl expressed his desire to create art that inspires simple people.

"Should I have a desire here on the earth that I dare hope would be fulfilled, it would be that I might do things  that the simple man (he who has been there all along) would esteem well.”

So let’s do a survey of some of these children that show up in his paintings. Perhaps the children were even modeled off his own children. 


In Christ the Consolator, Christ outsretches his arms to embrace mankind. Jesus is surrounded by suffering souls who are looking all over the place, and we see the only person looking at the camera (ahem, viewer) is a child with a doubtful look on his face. It almost looks like a hand-caught-in-the-cookie jar look. But that’s just our take. 


The painting of Christ Cleansing the Temple shows a crop of terrified merchants running for their lives as Jesus gives them the boot from the temple. The frightened looking child is lost in the chaos of the moment while all are fleeing. He appears to have a rag over his arm, so maybe he’s the sandal shiner boy, or perhaps a child of one of the merchants. 


In Come Unto Me, it appears to be a little girl looking at the viewer this time around. So far, it appears to be a boy in all the other images. Once again, as in the case of Christ the Consolator, everyone is looking in different places and worrying about their troubles. Only the child stares at you with a slightly somber look as if to say: “it’s ok, be simple like me and you’ll get to heaven.” 


While Christ Heals the Blind Man on the road to Jericho, we get to see a variety of characters; once again with all different expressions and moods (read our blog post about these personalities). Though it’s easy to infer a lot of different moods in this painting, one of the most obscure characters is the grinning child we see being held back by his dad. He’s probably giggling, because it looks like his distracted brother is playing with his hair (parents, you know the drill). One can imagine the father whispering to his child: “Sshhh, son. Our Lord is tied up doing a miracle right now. We probably won’t get a chance to see this again; you know how the people always crowd Him, and it’s hard to get a good spot.”



Once again, while Christ Heals the Paralytic at the Bethesda Pool, a sole and obscure child is one of two looking at the viewer. This time, the child is with his mother (lady holding the water pot) and possibly his grandma (directly above child) who, interestingly enough, is also staring at the viewer as well. The old woman behind the child is smiling this time, while the child has a dazed look on his face that’s either oblivious to the miracle going on or still trying to figure out what’s happening on their daily water run.



This time around, it’s a little more difficult to spot our staring child in the painting Christ and the Children. The most obvious child in the detail above is intently looking at Jesus, while a tiny half face and eye (rest hidden in a shadow) appears to be looking at your shoes. Perhaps, in this case, he’s simply waiting his turn to receive a blessing from Christ. Isn’t that life? We spend half of it waiting in lines. 


It’s pretty hard to miss the child in Christ and the Small Child. Our Lord embraces and emphasizes the olive-branch holding boy who appears to be looking at your right shoulder this time around (coffee stain on your shirt maybe?). Certainly the emphasis on the child is that you need to be simple like him to gain the kingdom of heaven. The olive branch, on the other hand, traditionally symbolizes Christ’s victory over death.



We almost missed this child while wading through Carl Bloch’s art, but there the hidden boy is (almost as hidden as the one in Christ and the Children). While Jesus Christ is Raising Lazarus from the Dead (see a shadowed Lazarus ambulating out of the tomb?),  we catch a glimpse once again of a shadowy face and single eye staring at your eye. It’s hard to tell, but the boy looks a little frightened this time. It’s not that surprising, considering the crowd has gathered at the local graveyard, which is probably not the place the boy usually goes to play. However, what’s possibly more terrifying (and incredible) is to hear and see Lazarus walking out of the tomb after you probably saw him cold and dead at the wake a few days previous.



Once again, it’s very difficult to miss the child in the painting where Jesus is Found in the Temple. This time, though, he’s not looking at your shoes or eyes but at the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. In this painting, Bloch wants us to focus and imagine the expressions of the two as they see their twelve-year-old son Jesus after searching Jerusalem for three days. Judging by the look on the boy’s face, he appears to be sad, surprised and empathetic after seeing their joy and tears—something we can use for our meditations on this mystery of the life of Christ. 


nd, finally, one of our very favorites at Restored Traditions: The Sermon on the Mount. Christ preaches the summation of christian doctrine in this painting, while we also get a handful of characters to look at. Each person in the painting has different emotions and dispositions for how they are receiving the word of God (probably would make another interesting blog post by itself). However, once again focusing on the child, we see him as the only young person in a world of adults. While not looking at the coffee stain on your right shoulder this time, our little guy is in the middle of a daunting task: trying to catch a butterfly! The boy is obviously missing the point of the sermon, but his dad (above) is devoutly soaking it all in with a gesture of fidelity (folded hands). This, in turn, teaches us the awesome responsibility father’s have to learn the word of God and transmit it to their children.

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Art for Sundays & Holy Days (Latin Rite/ Extraordinary Form)

"A beautiful piece of classic art reflecting the liturgy for every Sunday and Holy Day; Now Available for sale as one winzip image bundle, available in two sizes."

This was one of our most favorite projects EVER at Restored Traditions: find a piece of classic art that drives home the message for every single Sunday and Holy Day of obligation in the liturgical year. We used the 1962 Missal for this, also called the Extraordinary Form.

Instead of staying with one artist or style, we gave a variety of genres from the old-school religious art world. We think that there’s really something for everyone in here. Special thanks go out to guys like Michelangelo, Murillo, Tissot, Bloch, iconographers and many more wonderful artists from days gone by that made this Catholic art happen.

Primarily, we drew from the Gospel (Latin Rite) of the day to choose the art image. In some cases, we simply went with the theme of the Sunday (e.g. Palm Sunday); whereas in other cases we drew from the Epistle. The only non-biblical reference was taken from the autobiography of Saint Patrick for his feastday (Holy Day in Ireland). We included art for the Holy Days of obligation as they are observed in more than 10 countries, which should cover almost everything. We also threw in the Feast of Christ the King!

Each image is accompanied with the quote the art is derived from, followed by a brief commentary on the piece. In some cases, the image is only a detail of a larger one you’ll get. Click on the thumbnails to view the full images on their prospective product pages. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Holy Day & Feast day artwork included in the image bundle.

We’re offering this fantastic art collection for sale in two sizes: One with images meant for web use or small print jobs (like holy cards); the other with larger image files for larger print jobs such as 8x10 or 11x17, but not really beyond that for most of the images.

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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent
"And then they will see the Son of Man coming upon a cloud with great power and majesty." Lk 21:27

Artwork: a detail of Christ coming in glory on a cloud at the general judgment (painted by Michelangelo) taken from the Sistine Chapel.

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent
"Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall make ready Thy way before Thee." Mt 11:10

Artwork: Esteban Murillo’s painting of St. John the Baptist, the messenger of God, pointing to Jesus Christ.

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent
"And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ." John 1:19-20

Artwork: Esteban Murillo’s painting of John the Baptist chatting with the pharisees. 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent
"A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." Lk 3:4

Artwork: A 15th century Greek icon displaying St. John the Baptist in the wilderness.

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Sunday after Christmas

Sunday after Christmas
"And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." Lk 2:34-35 

Artwork: A detail from a painting by Fra Angelico where Simeon is holding the Christ child.

Sunday after Circumcision

Sunday after the Circumcision, The Holy Name of Jesus
"And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb." Lk 2:21

Artwork: The Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus by el Greco.

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Adoration of Magi on Epiphany

The Epiphany of Our Lord
"And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh." Mt 2:11

Artwork: The Adoration of the Magi, or Kings, by Franz Rohden

First Sunday After Epiphany

First Sunday after Epiphany, Feast of the Holy Family
"And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions." Lk 2:46

Artwork: The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph find the boy Jesus teaching in the temple after looking for Him in Jerusalem for several days—painting by Carl Bloch.

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Second Sunday after Epiphany
"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him." John 2:11

Artwork: Painting by Giotto showing the steward tasting the water-made-wine by Jesus at the Cana Wedding.

Third Sunday After Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany
"And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed." Mt 8:8

Artwork: A watercolor by James Tissot that shows the Roman Centurion asking Jesus Christ to heal his servant.

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
"And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm." Mt 8:26

Artwork: Jesus performs a miracle by commanding the storm on the sea to stop—painting by James Tissot.

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
"But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way." Mt 13:25

Artwork: Based off a parable of Jesus, an enemy sows weed seed at night into a field. The field’s owner allows the weeds to grow with the wheat and has the reapers separate them at harvest, which is a representation of how things will go down at the end of the world when the elect will be separated from the damned—painting by James Tissot.

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
"All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world." Mt 13:34-35

Artwork: Christ teaches the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven, in reference to the kingdom of heaven. Illustration is Jesus preaching to the multitude by Gustave Dore.

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Septuagesima Sunday

Septuagesima Sunday
"Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good?" Mt 20:14-15

Artwork: A painting by Domenico Fetti showing the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Here we see the master talking to a grumbling worker who thought he should’ve been paid more cash.

Sexagesima Sunday

Sexagesima Sunday
"The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it. And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold." Lk 8:5-8 

Artwork: By James Tissot depicting the parable of the man sowing seed, which represents the word of God & how people accept it.

Quinquagesima Sunday

Quinquagesima Sunday
"And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God." Lk 18:42-43 

Artwork: While Jesus was on the road to Jericho, a blind man called out for his aid. Jesus performed a miracle and restored the man’s eyesight; painting by Carl Bloch.

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First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent
"Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve." Mt 4:10 

Artwork: An illustration by Alexandre Bida that shows Satan tempting Christ while He was fasting and praying in the desert. Our Lord tells the devil to hit the road.

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent
"And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow." Mt 17:1-2 

Artwork: A painting by Fra Angelico, which shows the Apostles and Prophets who were present at Christ’s miracle of His Transfiguration. In addition, the artist threw in two other Catholic saints on the sides.

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent
"And he was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb: and when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke: and the multitudes were in admiration at it:" Lk 11:14 

Artwork: A watercolor painting by James Tissot that shows Christ exorcising and restoring speech to a man.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent
"And Jesus took the loaves: and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were set down. In like manner also of the fishes, as much as they would. And when they were filled, he said to his disciples: Gather up the fragments that remain, lest they be lost." John 6:11-12 

Artwork: A Byzantine mosaic that shows the Apostles gathering up the remaining loaves and fishes after Christ performed the miracle of multiplying them for the very large crowd of people.

Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday
"Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple." John 8:58-59

Artwork: A painting by James Tissot showing the Jews picking up rocks to stone Jesus Christ after He asserts His divinity.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
"And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest." Mt 21:8-9

Artwork: A painting by Giotto showing Christ entering Jerusalem on a donkey with people laying down palms and garments for His path.

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday
"Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here, behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you." Mk 16:6-7

Artwork: Jesus rises from the dead by Carl Bloch

First Sunday after Easter

First Sunday after Easter, Low Sunday
"Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God." John 20:27-29

Artwork: A painting by Carl Bloch showing Thomas the Apostle going to his knees after seeing the resurrected Christ.

Second Sunday after Easter

Second Sunday after Easter
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep … And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd." John 10:11,16

Artwork: Christ, the Good Shepherd, finding the lost sheep by Alfred Soord.

Third Sunday After Easter

Third Sunday after Easter
"A little while, and now you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me: because I go to the Father." John 16:16

Artwork: A painting by James Tissot called the Last Discourse of Our Lord to His Apostles.

Fourth Sunday After Easter

Fourth Sunday after Easter
"But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you." John 16:13-14

Artwork: A 12th century mosaic called Christ Pantocrator, or Christ the Saviour.

Fifth Sunday After Easter

Fifth Sunday after Easter
"And in that day you shall not ask me any thing. Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto you have not asked any thing in my name. Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full. " John 16:23-24

Artwork: A scene by Giotto from the Last Supper where Christ is teaching His apostles in this Sunday’s Gospel.

Sunday After Ascension

Sunday after the Ascension
"But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me." John 15:26

Artwork: A Raphael painting that shows Christ glorified in Heaven within the unity of the Holy Trinity (God the Father above, God the Holy Spirit below).

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Pentecost Sunday
"And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak." Acts 2:3-4

Artwork: The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Virgin Mary and the Apostles.

First Sunday After Pentecost

First Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday
"Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." Mt 28:19-20

Artwork: A watercolor painting by James Tissot depicting the ordination of the 12 Apostles when Christ commissions them to convert the world to Christianity.

Second Sunday After Pentecost

Second Sunday after Pentecost
"He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him?" 1 John 3:17

Artwork: Taken from the Epistle of this Sunday, the painting is by Leighton and shows the charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (a Queen) giving food to the poor.

Third Sunday After Pentecost

Third Sunday after Pentecost
"Or what woman having ten groats; if she lose one groat, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it?" Lk 15:8

Artwork: A woman finding a lost drachma (groat) by James Tissot.

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
"And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And having brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him." Lk 5:10-11 

Artwork: The calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by Christ; painting by Buoninsegna.

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
"Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things." 1 Peter 3:12 

Artwork: Taken from this Sunday’s epistle, the image displays a woman kneeling in front of an altar. She prays to the Lord in order that His ears may hear her prayer and that she may be viewed as Just in His sight; painting by Manton.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
"And taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke, and gave to his disciples for to set before them; and they set them before the people." Mk 8:6 

Artwork: Today’s Gospel is about the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes, which was a prefiguration of the miracle of transubstantiation of the Hoy Eucharist within the sacrifice of the Mass. The painting by Heem shows the Holy Eucharist in a chalice surrounded by a flower wreath.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
"Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." Mt 7:21 

Artwork: A painting by Guercino where Christ is pointing to His Father in heaven.

Eight Sunday After Pentecost

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
"And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward…" Lk 16:1 

Artwork: A watercolor by James Tissot that shows Christ teaching his disciples in parables while travelling on the road.

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost 
"And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought. Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves." Lk 19:45-46 

Artwork: Christ cleansing the temple of the money changers; a painting by Giotto.

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others, he spoke also this parable: Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican." Lk 18:9-10

Artwork: An illustration by Alexandre Bida showing the publican (rear) and Pharisee (front) praying in the temple. The conculsion is that the humble prayer of the publican was justified in the eyes of God, whereas the proud prayer of the pharisee was not.

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
"And looking up to heaven, he groaned, and said to him: Ephpheta, which is, Be thou opened. And immediately his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke right." Mk 7:34-35

Artwork: An illustration by Alexandre Bida showing Christ healing the deaf man.

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
"But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion. And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him." Lk 10:33-34

Artwork: A painting by Jacopo Bassano showing the the Good Samaritan picking up the wounded man to place on his horse.

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us" Lk 17:12-13

Artwork: An 11th century illuminated manuscript showing Christ healing ten lepers. One, a Samaritan, returns to thank Our Lord for the miracle.


Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences." Gal 5:24

Artwork: Taken from this Sunday’s Epistle, the painting by Murillo shows St. Francis embracing Christ on the Cross. Saint Francis is an excellent example of one who has crucified his own flesh and belongs to Christ.

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother." Lk 7:14-15

Artwork: An 11th century illuminated manuscript showing Christ raising the widow of Naim’s son from the dead.

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And behold, there was a certain man before him that had the dropsy. And Jesus answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? But they held their peace. But he taking him, healed him, and sent him away." Lk 14:2-4

Artwork: An 11th century illuminated manuscript that shows Christ healing the man with dropsy.

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
"And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind." Mt 22:35-37

Artwork: A watercolor by James Tissot showing the one who stood to tempt to Jesus.

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the man sick of palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And he arose, and went into his house." Mt 9:6-7

Artwork: A painting by Esteban Murillo showing the moment when Christ healed the paralytic.

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." Mt 22:13-14

Artwork: A detail of the General Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, which was painted by Michelangelo. The detail shows a trembling and weeping man who has been condemned to hell, which is referenced at the end of this Sunday’s parable of the King’s wedding feast.

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
"And there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick at Capharnaum. He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into Galilee, went to him, and prayed him to come down, and heal his son; for he was at the point of death." John 4:46-47

Artwork: A painting by James Tissot showing the officer beseeching Jesus to heal his son. Jesus healed him from afar, saying: “Go thy way; thy son liveth.”

Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
"But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt." Mt 18:28-30

Artwork: The servant mentioned previously had just gotten off the hook from a debt he owed his master. Here he is shown laying hands on his fellow servant to pay up. The wicked servant did not extend the same mercy to his peer and, subsequently, was handed over to the torturers; painting by Domenico Fetti.

Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
"Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? They say to him: Caesar’s. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God, the things that are God’s." Mt 22:19-21

Artwork: A painting by Titian that shows the tribute money being shown to Jesus Christ.

Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
"He said: Give place, for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand. And the maid arose." Mt 9:24-25

Artwork: This beautiful 12th century Byzantine mosaic shows Christ taking the daughter of Jairus by the hand, raising her from death.

Twenty Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Last Sunday after Pentecost
"And he shall send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them." Mt 24:31

Artwork: Angels sounding trumpets to gather the elect at the General Judgment. This painting is a detail from the Sistine Chapel, which was painted by Michelangelo.

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Holy Days of Obligation & Some Bonus Feast Days Too

Nativity of Our Lord

Christmas, The Nativity of Our Lord
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Lk 2:7

Artwork: A painting of the Nativity by John Copley.

Feast of Saint Stephan

Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr
"And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord." Acts 7:56-59

Artwork: A painting by Cortona showing the stoning of Saint Stephen. God watches from heaven and waits for his soul to come to Him.

Presentation of Christ in Temple Circumcision

New Years Day, The Circumcision
"And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb." Lk 2:21

Artwork: The Presentation in the Temple by Philippe Champaigne.

Feast of St. Patrick

Feast of St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland
"According, therefore, to the measure of one’s faith in the Trinity, one should proceed without holding back from danger to make known the gift of God and everlasting consolation, to spread God’s name everywhere with confidence and without fear, in order to leave behind, after my death, foundations for my brethren and sons whom I baptized in the Lord in so many thousands.” Quote taken from the Confession of St. Patrick, Verse 14, which is one of the only surviving documents written by Saint Patrick. Artwork is a 15th century painting that depicts St. Patrick baptizing new converts.

Feast of Saint Joseph

Feast of St. Joseph
"Behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him. Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod." Mt. 2:13-14

Artwork: Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, is shown here holding the Christ child. This beautiful and famous rendition is by Guido Reni.

Ascension Thursday

Ascension Thursday
"And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached everywhere: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed." Mk 16:19-20

Artwork: The Ascension of Christ into heaven by Garofalo.

Feast of Corpus Christi, Body of Christ

Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ)
"For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me." John 6:56-58

Artwork: A painting by Ingres that shows the Blessed Virgin Mary adoring the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Feast of Apostles Peter and Paul

Feast of Apostles Peter and Paul
"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven." Mt. 16:18-19

Artwork: A painting by El Greco showing a unified St. Paul and St. Peter. Paul, on the right, holds his symbolic sword.

Feast of Saint James the Great

Feast of St. James the Great
"For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’ s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour." 1 Cor 4:9-10

Artwork: St James the Great is an Apostle of Christ and the patron of Spain. He is shown in this 19th century painting defeating the Moors in battle.

Assumption August 15

The Assumption of Our Lady
"And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb." Lk 1:41-42

Artwork: A painting by Guido Reni depicting the assumption of Our Lady into heaven, surrounded by angels.

Feast of Christ the King, October

Feast of Christ the King
"Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice." John 18:37

Artwork: A painting by Vasilievic that displays Jesus Christ enthroned as King.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day
"After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And they cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God, who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb." Apoc 7:9-10

Artwork: A painting by Albrecht Durer that shows the saints and angels in heaven adoring God.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception
"And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Lk 1:28

Artwork: A painting by Esteban Murillo called the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

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The Top 25 Catholic Art Images

Since 2008, these have been the top images at Restored Traditions. We hope you are inspired by them as much as we’ve been over the years.

They’re listed in descending order. Click on the image to find out more about it or buy the high res download. God Bless, Folks!


















































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Classic Art for the Holy Rosary



We had a request a while back for the mysteries of the Rosary. At the time, we didn’t have a full set to sell of the Rosary mysteries, so we put one together. 

It was certainly a daunting task to try and identify the most appropriate images to represent each mystery, while still remaining in the realm of Catholic fine artwork.

There are other sets out there that look as if they were made primarily for children, so it was our goal to represent the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries with a consistent stream of fine art. 

We think that each mystery is justly represented by various great artists. It is our goal that this art will be uplifting and help people on their rosary meditations.

We’ve made the Rosary image bundle available in two sizes: one with smaller and one with larger images, depending on your needs. 

Here’s the smaller bundle of Rosary images. This set is good for web work or printing holy cards. 

The larger Rosary image bundle is better suited for larger printing jobs, such as 8x10 or 11x14. In both cases, you can view all the images in the set and click on their thumbnails for larger sizes or artist information. 

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Joyful Mysteries

image  The Annunciation

image  The Visitation

image  The Nativity

image  The Presentation

image  Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Sorrowful Mysteries

image  The Agony in the Garden

image  The Scourging at the Pillar

image  The Crowning of Thorns

image  Jesus Carries the Cross to Mt. Calvary

image  The Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries 

image  The Resurrection

image  The Ascension

image  Pentecost

image  The Assumption

image  Coronation of the Virgin Mary

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The Virgin Mary Crowned


Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)

The Virgin Crowned presents a contemplative view into the life of Our Lady. Wearing her crown as Queen of Heaven and Earth, she pierces the eye of the viewer with a visage of thoughtful sorrow.

The two focal points of light in the art painting, the face and hands, seem to contradict the title of the image. One would think that the typical artistic rendition of the Virgin Mary crowned would be a glorious display of light showcasing the glory, peace and tranquility of the Queen; but we only see sadness and little emphasis on the beautiful crown (other than enough light to let us know that it’s there).

What can be gathered from this almost contradictory Catholic art painting but a mixture of the glory of Mary as Queen and the pathos of Mary as Mother of Sorrows? She holds her hands gently, yet firmly, to stop the sinner from violating her Son’s will further. She holds her hands compassionately, yet humbly, as if to say that glory is not right now, not immediate, but only after the full race of life has been virtuously run. She holds her hands thoughtfully, yet mournfully, as to say that it was not her will to receive a brilliant crown, but it was the will of the eternal Trinity manifest in Jesus Christ.

And so she accepts the jeweled crown in all justice, humility and charity; yet the Virgin Queen reminds souls that it’s not over—we still have much work to do before earning our crown in heaven.

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Christ Heals the Blind Man

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With unprecedented realism and uplifting vision, Carl Bloch shows us the wonder of Christ healing the blind man. 
Bloch displays many of life’s usual suspects in this painting. There’s the skeptic (red hat, on the left), the carefree child wanting to see where all the action is at (lower left center), the dutiful apostle restraining the child from interrupting the miracle (right of child), the hopeful-pious servant watching Jesus with a holy joy (right of Jesus), the fellow right behind the hopeful-pious servant observing the skepticism of the skeptic, and the two men on top of the wall who watch with expectation but got stuck in the nose-bleed section.  
All the viewers watch and wait – permanently caught in the brush strokes of Carl Bloch
One of the more popular themes for many artists, Jesus healing the blind man, has several references in the New Testament. One that appears most fitting for this painting comes from the Evangelist Saint Mark. Right before the passage on Jesus healing the blind man, He speaks to his apostles about “whosoever shall be the first among you, shall be the servant of all. For the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.” - Mark 10:44-45
To immediately practice exactly what He preaches, Jesus Christ shows an excellent example of “ministering”: He heals a blind man. One of the other neat things about this passage is that it actually refers to the blind man by name: Bartimeus, which is a Syriac word literally translating as ‘son of Timaeus’. People in the New Testament who are miraculously healed usually don’t have recorded names. Perhaps this is another reason why Carl Bloch decided to paint such a prominent scene.
Jesus Christ performing the miracle of healing the blind is an example of healing mankind of his spiritual blindness. Often it becomes simple to forget about the spiritual aspect of reality, to become ‘blind’ to what really matters. Jesus Christ is the one to remove our spiritual blindness in order for us to continue on the road to perfection. Hopefully, we can be like the blind and ‘leap up’ to directly follow Christ forever.
For the verbatim story of healing the blind man, Saint Mark tells it quite well, so we finish with his rendition of the story:
“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho, with his disciples, and a very great multitude, Bartimeus the blind man, the son of Timeus, sat by the way side begging. Who when he had heard, that it was Jesus of Nazareth, began to cry out, and to say:  Jesus son of David, have mercy on me. And many rebuked him, that he might hold his peace; but he cried a great deal the more: Son of David, have mercy on me.  And Jesus, standing still, commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying to him: Be of better comfort: arise, he calleth thee. Who casting off his garment leaped up, and came to him. And Jesus answering, said to him: What wilt thou that I should do to thee? And the blind man said to him: Rabboni, that I may see. And Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw, and followed him in the way. – Mark 10:46-52   

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The Magnificat

                                          Image of the Magnificat by artist James Tissot

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Originally painted as a watercolor, French artist and illustrator James Tissot captures the moment the blessed virgin Mary recites the Magnificat while visiting her relations Elizabeth and Zacharias (notice them looking on in the background).

The Virgin Mary raises her hands in a gesture of praise and prayer while reciting the Magnificat in response to Elizabeth’s statement: 

"And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.

And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him. He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.” – LK 1:45-55

Tissot was known for spending time in the Holy Land and painting a plethora of scenes from the life of Christ. What particularly sets him aside from other artists’ renditions of the life of Christ is his authenticity in displaying accurately the ethnic garb and customs that were in place while Christ walked the earth. Though this deviates from many of the typical Western-art depictions of the life of Christ, the viewer has the opportunity for a more historically accurate glimpse into the true visual appearances of the time. 

Many of Tissot’s artistic renditions also reveal some never-before seen ‘footage’ of the life of Christ. Two paintings in particular demonstrate this concept: What Our Savior Saw from the Cross and The Virgin Mary in Old Age. The first depicts the crucifixion through the eyes of Christ, and the second depicts our Blessed Mother kneeling on Mt. Calvary at the hole where the cross of her Son once rested. 

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The Madonna of Catholic Kings

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The Madonna of Catholic Kings, originally painted by early-Renaissance Spanish painter Fernando Gallego. 

The Madonna of Catholic kings illustrates the Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus being adored by prominent Catholic figures around the time of the composition of this painting. Mary and Jesus, prominently sitting on an ornate throne and garbed in rich vestments, watch over and protect those who pray to them.

King Ferdinand V is kneeling on the left with St. Thomas Aquinas standing (holding the church); a young Don Juan kneels to the right of Ferdinand. Queen Isabelle is kneeling on the right with Saint Dominic above her, holding the lily and book. 

A primary point to be drawn from the painting is the idea that authority comes from God first—then temporal and spiritual leaders. The King, Queen and Saints in this image all testify to the fact by showing the due respect to God and His mother.