Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Preaching (La Petite Tombe), c. 1652. Etching, engraving, and drypoint.
Collection of Religious Art
The Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art is unique among corporate art collections with its focus on original works on paper and religious subject matter. Began in 1982, there are now more than 1,100 objects included in the collection, which ranges chronologically from a miniature illustration for a 13th-century medieval choir book to avant-garde lithographs and linocuts from the late 20th century. Comprised of eight centuries of art reflecting the Western Christian religious tradition, the collection presents an impressive range of exemplars of Western art history, from Albrecht Dürer to Rembrandt van Rijn and Pablo Picasso.
Fulfilling its mission to provide cultural and educational opportunities to its members and community, Thrivent strives to make its special art collection accessible through public lectures and gallery shows, traveling exhibitions of works in the collections, and a source of ongoing scholarship. This collection is a dynamic, shared part of Thrivent's heritage and commitment to supporting the arts, culture, education and the community.
Mary's central role in the history of the Christian church and culture cannot be overstated. Known as the Blessed Virgin, Christ's earthly mother, an exemplar of faith, and holiest of saints, Mary has captivated artists throughout the history of religious 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), this exhibition highlights one of Christianity's most iconic figures. Mary: The Virgin Mother in Art is open December 2017 through March 2018.
Image: Attributed to Martino di Bartolomeo, St. John the Baptist Preaching, late 14th century. Gouache, ink, gilding on vellum.
Location625 Fourth Ave. S.
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Curator Joanna Reiling Lindell can be contacted in advance for individual or group tours of the collection.