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Francesco Fracanzano: The Tribulation of Job

Neapolitan artist Francesco Fracanzano came from a family of painters and his dark. brooding canvases would have a profound effect on the first generation of Neapolitan naturalists.

Giovanni Antonio Bazzi: Procession to Calvary

At the dawn of the 16th century Mannerism was gaining in popularity. Even noted Renaissance painters like Raphael began to mirror the style, but it was the Sienese painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi who would push the mannerist vision even further.

Domenico Fiasella: The Flight into Egypt

M&G makes loans throughout the year to participating museums. However, the Museo Diocesano of Sarzana, Italy has requested M&G to “loan” our painting digitally as part of their exhibition focused on an artist from their town, Domenico Fiasella, called Il Sarzana. The exhibit runs from July 15-October 31, 2021.

The Sarzana museum isn’t able to borrow internationally for this exhibition. Instead, their exhibition digitally features works by the artist from other prominent collections including the Louvre and The Ringling. They requested that the participating museums create and send videos for inclusion in their on-site exhibition and social media. View M&G’s video below to learn more about our painting and the artist.

French Stained Glass: The Fountain of Life

These stained glass windows, originally housed in a chateau in France, are a beautiful picture of the love of Christ.


You can learn more about these windows and their history here.

Christ the Redeemer: Paris Bordone

Paris Bordone studied for a time under Titian, the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th century. Although forced to leave this great master’s studio, Bordone went on to excel in portraiture, large-scale architectural settings, and cabinet paintings.

Madonna and Child: Master of the Greenville Tondo

This elegant tondo illustrates the interesting “detective” work that is sometimes involved in attributing a work of art to a particular artist.

John the Baptist: Polychromed Sculpture

Not everyone who can hew a block of wood is able to carve an image; nor is everyone who can carve it able to outline and polish it; nor is he that can polish it able to paint it. (St. John of the Cross). This 18th-century figure highlights one unknown sculptor’s mastery of all three skills.

Gaspar de Crayer: St. Augustine & St. Ambrose

In these two portraits, Flemish artist Gaspar de Crayer highlights Augustine, one of western civilization’s most noted philosophers, and Ambrose, the bishop who would bring this great scholar  to Christ.

Edwin Long: Vashti Refuses the King’s Summons

Edwin Long is one of several 19th-century English painters who traveled to the middle east. In this work we see colors, textures, and designs derived from these memorable journeys.


Louis Comfort Tiffany: Inspiration

In this segment, Bob Jones, Jr. shares the story behind what almost happened to this beautiful Tiffany mosaic.