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The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen

by Isabella Childs December 30, 2020

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Why the web-images are free to download this month

by Patrick Werick September 02, 2014 13 Comments

Our Lady of the Holy RosaryLast month, I was on a Marian retreat for five days. I wasn't thinking about work at all, but a thought came to me out of the blue to make all our web-quality images free (needless to say, I made a note of the inspiration and then didn't think about it the rest of the retreat. by the way, you should go a Marian retreat someday). I asked the boss about it after the retreat, he said yes, we talked some more about Kansas weather and Irish tin whistles, and here we are.

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An Image of Saints Peter and Paul by el Greco

by Patrick Werick June 28, 2014

Apostles Peter and Paul

June 29th is the feastday of the Apostles St. Peter and Paul. The artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos is commonly known as el greco (the Greek). He painted this lovely image of Saint Peter and Paul around the end of the 16th century. You'll notice Paul holding his symbol in art, the sword, and Peter holding his art symbol, the keys of the Catholic Church. The two great Apostles, who are distinctly eyeing the viewer, extend their hands in a manner suggesting they will connect wrists. 


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May is Mary's Month

by Patrick Werick May 08, 2014

Madonna Praying The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. People have used a variety of traditions, prayers, customs and hymns to manifest this special devotion. A few examples are singing Marian hymns after the family rosary, making sure there are always fresh cut flowers at her statues, pilgrimages to local Marian shrines, extra rosaries and more. If you hurry, you can catch the tail 

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Christ in the Desert at the Dawning of the Day

by Patrick Werick February 15, 2014

Our Lord Fasting Russian artist Ivan Kramskoi painted this profoundly cold and lonely version of Christ in the Wilderness in 1872. Jesus sits in solitude on a cold boulder as the dawn begins to break. His folded hands and pensive expression suggest He's just passed the night in prayer and fasting. It's interesting to see that a garment wraps His arms, suggesting a chilly outdoor temperature, while His feet remain bare — they must be freezing!

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Motifs in Artwork of the Immaculate Conception

by Patrick Werick February 11, 2014 1 Comment

You weren't in the 17th-century artists' club until you took a crack at painting the Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception. There wasn't any universally accepted way to portray this abstract theme in the art world until the Spaniard, Francesco Pacheco (1564-1644), wrote down some ground rules on how artists should portray the Immaculate Conception — here are a few: You weren't in the 17th-century artists' club until you took a crack at painting the Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception. There wasn't any universally accepted way to portray this abstract theme in the art world until the Spaniard, Francesco Pacheco (1564-1644), wrote down some ground rules

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Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary

by Patrick Werick February 02, 2014

Presentation of Christ in TempleA joyous feastday to you! February 2nd is the feast of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the Presentation of Jesus in the temple.
Here in this lovely artwork by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74), we see the aged Simeon joyfully singing his canticle while holding the infant Jesus. The Blessed Virgin Mary looks on from the left while Simeon takes in the moment he's been waiting so long for (God had promised Simeon he'd see the savior in his lifetime). 

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Conversion of St. Paul Artwork

by Patrick Werick January 25, 2014 2 Comments

Conversion of Saul of TarsusSt. Paul was a christian hunter before he miraculously converted while road tripping. He was on his way to Damascus , tracking down christians, when God knocked him off his trusty steed.

The conversion of St. Paul has been a favorite theme for artists to tackle ever since. There are certainly many other paintings of Paul ...

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Top 5 Artists of 2013

by Patrick Werick January 18, 2014

Carl Bloch
I thought it would be a nice change to rank the artists on our website based off which ones get the most downloads. So, after pouring through our sales data, I compiled this list of the five most popular (all dead, R.I.P.) artists for 2013.

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10 Beautiful Virgin Mary Artworks by Sassoferrato

by Patrick Werick January 11, 2014 1 Comment

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:

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St John's Wine: A Catholic Tradition

by Patrick Werick December 28, 2013

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 ...

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Shepherds Adore Christ in Ruins of a Classical Structure

by Patrick Werick December 21, 2013

Kneeling shepherds adore the newly-born Christ child in a dirty stable that transitions into the ruins of a classical structure. The ruins represent the ending of the Old Testament law, which was ushered out by the Savior being born on Christmas day.

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