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Our series of talks on art, artists and faith named after St Catherine of Bologna - the patron saint of artists. Each of these talks will look at a work of art or a theme found in art and discuss how it relates to faith and belief. Occasional departures into literature, music and photography will also feature in the series.

More on Saint Catherine of Bologna (8 September 1413 – 9 March 1463), an Italian nun as well as both an artist and saint. The patron saint of artists and against temptations, Catherine de' Vigri was venerated for nearly three centuries in her native Bologna before being formally canonized, in 1712. Her feast day is 9 March.

Videos of Previous Faith and Art Talks

Faith as Celebration

A close look at some of the amazing Bavarian pilgrim churches which feature the exuberant rococo style.


Mozart and the Requiem Mass

A fascinating walk through the liturgical and musical highlights of the Requiem Mass with an emphasis on the work of Mozart.


Preaching the Faith through Photography and Beauty

Fr Lawrence Lew OP shares his photography and reflects on beauty as a means of transmitting the Faith.


Literature and the Catholic Imagination

An exploration of the Catholic Imagination through the works of Jane Austen and JRR Tolkien. A must watch for those studying literature or moral philosophy.


Imaging the Immaculate Conception

A guide through the various different ways that artists have depicted Our Lady, conceived immaculate, over the centuries.


Beauty in the Eye of the beholder

Sebastian Morello discusses the philosophy of aesthetics and argues that all art is religious, the only question is whether it is in praise of God or a kind of blasphemy.


Stone as Lace

An exploration of the deep faith and devotion of the Medieval era through a look at French Gothic Architecture. The first of the 2018/2019 talks on art and artists, in honour of St Catherine of Bologna.


Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross

Reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross using paintings and sculpture.


Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Exploring the rich symbolism of The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, part of the sublime Ghent Altarpiece painted by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. Part of our series of talks on art and artists, in honour of St Catherine of Bologna.


St George and St Hubert boxwood miniatures

An exploration of the 16th century boxwood miniatures (also known as prayer nuts), among the most astonishing artistic achievements of the Northern Renaissance.


The Mosaics of Monreale

An exploration of the making and the meaning of the largest extant collection of Byzantine mosaics in the world, the 12th Century Norman Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily