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Christian Paintings by Guercino

Saul Attacking David by Guercino

Saul Attacking David was painted by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591-1666) in 1646. It is in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.

During his illness, King Saul attempted to soothe his mood swings with music. It was because of this that David, a talented lyre player, entered the king's court. However, with David's growing popularity, Saul began to view him as a rival. His feelings toward David constantly fluctuated. At times he would love and respect him; other times he would hate and seek to kill him.

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Thu, Jul 16th - 7:34AM

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Guercino

Return of the Prodigal Son by Guercino

The Return of the Prodigal Son was painted by Guercino in 1619. It is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

In the parable, a son has his inheritance paid out to him and wastes everything that he has. When he returns, his father forgives him and takes him in again (Luke 15:11-32). The painting shows the moment when the son receives a fine set of clothes. The moral of the parable is that God is ready to re-accept anyone showing genuine remorse.

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Tue, Jul 7th - 4:23PM

The Incredulity of St Thomas by Guercino

Incredulity of St Thomas by Guercino

The Incredulity of St Thomas was painted by Guercino for Bartolomeo Fabri in 1621. It was purchased by the National Gallery, London in 1917.

As told in St John's Gospel, Thomas refused to believe the newly resurrected Christ had revealed himself to the disciples. Eight days later Christ appeared and instructed Thomas to put his hand into the wound.
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