Christian Church Fathers & Thinkers in Art Photos
The Catholic church has had sainted leaders and thinkers (beyond Popes) who have informed the church's thought and direction as well as creating various Catholic priestly orders. Several had impacts portayed in the art of the church.
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Attrib. Bishop's hat, beehive
Asserted superiority of Church over secular rulers.
Attrib. Lion, skull, Cardinal's hat, praying in wilderness.
Translated New & Old Testaments into Latin.
Attrib. Bishop's habit, heart with arrow or flame.
|St Gregory the Great
Pope introduced Gregorian Chant, sent missionaries through Europe.
|St Anthony Abbot
Attrib. pig, bell, T-staff, tempted by devil.
|(Aka Anthony the Hermit, Abbas, the Great,)
founder of Christian monasticism.
Attrib. snake, shamrock, harp.
|Brought Christianity to Ireland where it survived dark ages.|
Attrib. undyed or black robe, crow with loaf of bread.
|Founded Benedictine order, wrote rules for monastic life.|
Attrib. bees, pen
|Founded Cistercian monasteries.|
Attrib. Lilies, dog with torch
|Founded Dominican Order.|
|St Francis of Assisi
Attrib. Stigmata, knotted rope belt
|Founded Franciscan Order.|
|St Anthony of Padua
Attrib. Christ Child on his arm
|Franciscan monk who attracted huge crowds to his sermons.|
|St Thomas Aquinas
Attrib. black cape over white robe holding open book.
|Teachings become official philosophy of Catholicism.|
|St Francis Xavier
Attrib. Knee-length white robe over floor-length black skirt.
|Founder of Jesuits. Missionary to Asia & Japan.|
|St Ignatius Loyola
Attrib. Elaborate Jesuit robes.
|Founder of Jesuits.|
|St Charles Borromeo
Attrib. humble pose in red robe.
|Revived Council of Trent, fought plague in Milan.|
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