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Welcome to this subject guide designed to quickly link Catholic Portal users to digital collections of religious art found on the Internet. It also provides links that search the Catholic Portal for books and archival materials on related topics, and to Church documents on the relation of art and the Christian faith.

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Arca Artium Art Objects

St Johns University coat of armsArca Artium Art Objects

From St. Johns University. Arca Artium, “Ark of the Arts”, developed from the working collection and inspirational habitat of Frank Kacmarcik Obl.S.B. (1920-2004), teacher, liturgical designer, graphic artist, typographer, and calligrapher. Beyond the significant contributions he made to these areas of endeavor during a career spanning more than sixty years, Frank Kacmarcik carefully shaped his personal collection to become a resource for others.

Ade Bethune Art Collection

St. CAtherines.s University logoAde Bethune Drawings

From St. Catherine University. A selection of Ade Bethune's original brush and ink drawings, created for the Catholic Worker newspaper and other publications, as well as 200 clip art graphics from the book Eye Contact with God Through Pictures, encompassing the seasons of the Church year and various saints.



Loyola University Chicago logoVirginia Gaertner Broderick Art

From Loyola University Chicago. Virginia Gaertner Broderick is one of the most well-known and influential religious artists of the 20th Century. Her artwork has been featured in various publications, exhibits, auctions, and can be seen in churches across America.

Eric Gill Collection

University of San Francisco logoEric Gill Collection

From the University of San Francisco. Selected prints, drawings, photographs, maps and other graphic materials from special collections, including over 300 prints and drawings by Eric Gill, the British sculptor, typeface designer, stone-cutter and print-maker.

Marian Art

University of Dayton logoMarian Art

These are a collection of  images conceptualizing Mary, the mother of Christ.

Marian Spirit

These are bas-reliefs by Antonio de Oteiza representing facets of the Marianist vision and spirit .

Packard & Butler Church Lithograph Collection

Villanova University logoPackard & Butler Lithograph Collection

From Villanova University. This is a collection of Catholic church lithographs by the Philadelphia lithography firm of Packard and Butler (later Packard, Butler and Partridge), There are over 400 prints of interior or exterior views of Catholic churches throughout the United States and parts of Canada.


University of Notre Dame coat of armsChinese Catholic-Themed Paintings

From Notre Dame University. A digital exhibit of thirty prints, made between 1939 and 1941 by Fu Jen Catholic University of Peking (CUP), from the original paintings that were commissioned by Rev. Thomas Megan, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Xinxiang, Henan Province, and painted by Wang Suda, an artist trained at Fu Jen CUP.

Religious Artifacts Collection

Seton Hall University logoReligious Artifacts Collection

From Seton Hall University. The Religious artifacts collection contains images of chalices, ciborium, cruets, and other objects from various collections of The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collections Center.  The project was originally conceived with the Teaching Learning and Technology Center of Seton Hall University and the digitization of the materials was done by them.

Santo Collection

Regis University logoSanto Collection

From Regis University. The Santo Collection includes over 900 items and is housed at Dayton Memorial Library on the Denver (Lowell) campus. Father Thomas J. Steele, who retired as a Regis College faculty member in 1997, assembled the collection from the mid-1960s until his death in 2010, and the collection continues to grow.

Santo Collection LibGuide

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Stained glass window of jesus holding an open book giving the viewer a blessing

Christus, Pfarkirche, Saint Pierre de Neuilly. Photo by Reinhardhauke. CC BY-SA 3.0. Source Wikimedia Commons

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Holy Cards

Holy cards in the Catholic tradition are small, religious pictures roughly the size of a playing card. The reverse sometimes contains a prayer or other devotional text. These cards, which typically depict a Catholic saint or religious scene, are often blessed by priests for the use by the faithful. The creation, circulation, and use of these cards is an important part of the material culture of Roman Catholics.

DePaul University Holy Card Collection

University of Dayton Holy Card Collection

University of St. Thomas Holy Card Collection

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