Not much is known about the Italian Baroque artist Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato. He's typically called Sassoferrato for short, which is the name of the place he came from in Italy.We've always appreciated his artwork here at Restored Traditions — there's a warmth and realism that melts even the coldest hearts. Three primary elements make his art appealing:
You can haul wine into your local Catholic church and get it blessed by the priest on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, December 27th. I did just that and brought a case to the communion rail after mass. That's right, at participating locations, the priest imparts the Church's blessing on the vino, which turns it into a sacramental. Catholics drink the wine throughout ...
Following Nativity artwork, images of the Virgin and Child rank high in popularity for Christmas-oriented projects. Over and over again, we see our clients using these images for Christmas cards, calendars, church bulletins, books, screen savers and quite a bit more we probably never even hear about.
What we do know for sure is that the five artworks featured in this blog post are downloaded from our website quite regularly. You'll notice that three of the images are by the artist Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (an Italian baroque painter), while the other two are by William A. Bouguereau (a French academic painter). Both artists employ a very realistic touch to their portrayals of the Madonna and Child, as well as other pieces they've created.
The warmth and clarity of this artwork is what makes it exceptional. The theme of pristine and pure love between Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, and her son, Jesus Christ, is rarely crystallized as well in brushstrokes as in these five inspirational images. But feel free to check out the rest of the religious art we sell for download; there's quite a bit more to see on this site.
We hope and pray this Advent season that you benefit from these images as much as we have at Restored Traditions. Thanks for stopping by!
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:
We wish everyone a fruitful Advent season and blessed Christmas!
The midnight oil burned out two months ago, and now we're pleased to announce the launch of our completely redesigned website! We even got a new nifty logo.
The essential focus of the website makeover was enhanced functionality and minimal design—after all, we want you to focus on the Catholic images, not the color of a navigation bar.
The biggest advantage of our new Catholic art site is the ability to have one image sold in multiple sizes within the same product listing. Before, if we wanted to sell the image in two different sizes, we had to create two product listings, which was downright confusing for customers (and us).
In order to better adapt to the needs of our clients, we created a new hierarchy of image sizes and pricing:
Another enhancement to the website is the image zoom feature for each image, which is really accurate. If you're still unsure about whether an image will work for your project, we've also rolled out complimentary image proofs. Ask, and we'll email a watermarked proof.
Every bit of content was redone, edited and updated. Every Catholic image download we sell went through our 5-point quality check again. And the architecture of site navigation was scrutinized down to a level of detail that would make your German woodworking uncle proud.
Thanks again to all our loyal clients who've made Restored Traditions Earth's best resource for Catholic art online since the Bush Administration!