The Artist as Priest


When does an artist take on the role of priest? When he makes the invisible, visible. The priest does this when celebrating the sacraments, but the artist can also fulfill this role by making visible the transcendent properties of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

According to John T. Spike, the assistant director and chief curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, that is what renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli strove to achieve.

Botticelli is most famous for his painting “The Birth of Venus.” But his work extended beyond mythological motifs to sacred art as well.

Spike has curated an extraordinary exhibit of the artist’s work opening at the Borton Museum of Fine art on April 18 and running through July 9, 2017.

Read more about the exhibit at Crux.

“the paintings reflect Botticelli’s “lifelong effort to make visible the invisible beauty of the Divine.”


Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at 

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