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The Vatican's 2015 Christmas stamps feature a manuscript illumination of the Holy Family by an unknown artist from the 15th century (CNS)

Vatican Christmas stamps revealed

The image by an unknown artist is drawn from the Vatican Library

Goya asked to be buried wearing a Franciscan habit

What Goya really thought of the Church

The Spanish artist, subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery, both celebrated and satirised Catholicism. Was he the most hypocritical artist who ever lived?

A detail from Bridget Riley's  Pink Landscape

Bridget Riley’s work takes inspiration from Georges Seurat, but she’s no match for the Post-Impressionist genius


Patrum is a social network for art that gives incredible access to the Vatican’s collection

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin blesses the statue of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

Irish sculptor Dony MacManus unveiled his work in progress artwork in Dublin this week

Extraordinary grace: Guido Reni’s Atlanta and Hippomenes (1625)

An exhibition in Rome highlights Baroque art’s ability to highlight the dramatic potential of capturing the moment

A detail from Boy with Bird (1992) by Eileen Cooper

It can be hard to see what the fuss about Eileen Cooper is all about

Vermeer’s The Wine Glass demonstrates his peculiar attention to detail

A book on Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoekr is a reminder of a time when theology, arts and science went hand in hand

Mac Conner’s illustration for Martha Gellhorn’s ‘The Good Husband’ (1955)

A retrospective of Mac Conner’s illustrations showcases his visionary talent

Douard and Marie-Louise Pailleron, painted by John Singer Sargent in 1881

Sargent, thankfully, is being taken seriously for the first time in 70 years