Quadragesima Sunday

In today’s Gospel reading, we read about the Temptation of Christ. A rather dramatic story that nevertheless did not receive visual representation until well into the Middle Ages. Among the earliest, this illumination from the Stuttgart Psalter (folio 107v) illustrates Psalm 90, coming between verses 11 and 12.

[11] For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.
Quoniam angelis suis mandavit de te, ut custodiant te in omnibus viis tuis.

[12] In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
In manibus portabunt te, ne forte offendas ad lapidem pedem tuum.

Matthew 4.1-11

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1908).


Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations for Every Day

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).


Medieval Music Database


9C Manuscript Illumination in the Book of Kells

9C Manuscript Illumination in the Stuttgart Psalter (about)

12C Fresco

12C Sculpture

12C Sculpture

12C Sculpture

13C Manuscript Illumination

13C Manuscript Illumination

ca. 1310 Painting by Duccio

ca. 1405 Panel by Lorenzo Ghiberti

ca. 1405 Manuscript Illumination in Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

ca. 1480 Fresco by Botticelli

ca. 1500 Painting

ca. 1580 Painting by Tintoretto

ca. 1582 Painting by Veronese

16C Carving

17C Painting

ca. 1715 Painting

1843 Gustave Doré’s illustrations for La Grande Bible de Tours

19C Watercolor of Jesus Carried up to a Pinnacle of the Temple by James Tissot

19C Watercolor of Jesus Transported by a Spirit onto a High Mountain by James Tissot

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

The History of Our Lord Exemplified in Works of Art

Iconography of Christian Art (figures)

Station Church

San Giovanni in Laterano

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