catholic artists




Hello everyone! It’s been quite a long time since last time I participated to the Character Design Challenge.
Here’s my High Priestess (“La Papessa” in italian) for this month’s theme, Tarot. Obviously, I was heavily influenced by Catholic iconography and by the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck.
EDIT: I realized just now that I didn’t write the final “A” in “Papessa”. Kill me, please. 🌚

On the Road to Reconstruction with Imprint of Hope

On the road to reconstruction in Baghdad, with volunteer teams from the Imprint of Hope organisation, who have spent over 15 days, doing up the replica Assyrian city gate and the land surrounding it.

From the early hours until late into the night, work included redeveloping the gardens surrounding the gate, trimming the palm trees, washing and removing old paint from the gate, before applying fresh layers to the structure.

This ongoing campaign, is a small but starting point, to recreate both hope and positivity in Iraqi society and Imprint of Hope will continue to reflect this bright image, which in the past has made Iraq truly great.

Since it was founded, Imprint of Hope has painted hundreds of blast walls across Baghdad. It has swelled to more than 370 volunteers from a range of backgrounds, including students, carpenters, iron-smiths, artists and doctors.

In addition to decorating the city’s walls, Imprint of Hope also paints orphanages, nurseries and public buildings, including a children’s cancer hospital.

Last December for Christmas, Imprint of Hope painted the Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church, which was heavily damaged in a 2010 terror attack. They also painted murals on the blast walls, that were set up to protect the church from further attacks.


The theme for this issue is Healing. You don’t have to necessarily follow the theme, but if you’d like to, think of: morning on the beach, putting on a bandage around a wound, mindful walks alone, freshly-laundered bed sheets, sparklers, Divine Mercy, dancing to music alone in your room, breaking a sweat on a run, journaling, the Virgin Mary in blue, redecorating your room, the sunrise on a cloudy day, etc.

The only criteria for submitting something to MARIA is to be a woman who is Catholic or exploring Catholicism. Also, the content you submit does not have to be overtly Catholic, it can be about anything! 🌅📘

Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896)
“A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, Refusing to Shield Himself from Danger by Wearing the Roman Catholic Badge” (1852)
Currently in a private collection

The painting depicts a pair of young lovers in an embrace. The familiar subject is given a dramatic twist because the “embrace” is in fact an attempt by the girl to get her beloved to wear a white armband, declaring his allegiance to Roman Catholicism. The young man gently pulls the armband off with the same hand with which he embraces the girl. The incident refers to the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in 1572 when French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, leading to other massacres elsewhere in France. A small number of Protestants escaped from the city by wearing white armbands.

Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina [Spanish. c.1475-1536]
Santa Catalina c.1505-1510