Thrivent Collection of Religious Art

Art with religious subject matter can tell us stories about who we are and give us opportunities to reflect on our lives, beliefs and faith. We invite you to join us in celebrating inspiring works of art created by centuries of artists across the globe.

Attributed to Martino di Bartolomeo, St. John the Baptist Preaching, late 14th century. Gouache, ink, gilding on vellum.

Attributed to Martino di Bartolomeo, "St. John the Baptist Preaching," late 14th century. Gouache, ink, gilding on vellum.

Preserving, sharing & reflecting on important works of art

The Thrivent Collection of Religious Art is unique among corporate art collections because of its focus on original works on paper and paintings with religious and scriptural subject matter.

  • Started in 1982.
  • More than 1,200 objects in the collection.
  • Pieces range from the 13th to 21st centuries.
  • Artists include Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Édouard Manet and Pablo Picasso.

The Collection exists as an expression of Thrivent's commitment to provide cultural and educational opportunities to its members and community. We strive to make this collection accessible for communities across the globe by offering public lectures and gallery shows as well as traveling exhibitions and educational programming.

Upcoming book release: Inspiring Generosity

Our own experiences through art can help us find new ways to ponder familiar stories and ideas. We believe the artist's contribution is worth celebrating – and preserving. This is why we have created a new book that explores modern connections to timeless ideas and values. The book is titled Inspiring Generosity: Stories of Faith and Grace in Art and is scheduled to release in autumn 2018.

Watch a video about the book

Current exhibition

The gallery will be closed for routine maintenance and installation of a new exhibition, In Relief: Six Centuries of Woodcuts. The gallery will reopen at the end of June.

Previous exhibition:
Mary – The Virgin Mother in Art

With original prints and drawings spanning six centuries, from the German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) to modern and contemporary examples by artists such as Käthe Kollwitz (1867 – 1945) and Kiki Smith (b. 1954), the exhibition highlights Mary's central role in the history of Christianity. The exhibition was open through April 2018.

Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) Holy Family with the Dragonfly Engraving, 1495

Albrecht Dürer
(German, 1471 – 1528)

"Holy Family with the Dragonfly"
Engraving, 1495

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch 1606  –  1669) The Holy Family Etching, 17th century

Rembrandt van Rijn
(Dutch, 1606 – 1669)

"The Holy Family"
Etching, 17th century

Raphael Drouart (French, 1884  –  1972) Resignation Monotype, c. 1920

Raphael Drouart
(French, 1884 – 1972)

Monotype, c. 1920

Grace Hartgan (American, 1922 - 2008) St. Madonna Watercolor, 20th century

Grace Hartigan
(American, 1922 – 2008)

"St. Madonna"
Watercolor, 20th century

To schedule a tour of this exhibition at the Thrivent Gallery of Religious Art, please contact:

Joanna Reiling Lindell
Director and Curator, Thrivent Collection of Religious Art

625 Fourth Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.