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.
The Modern Line: Peace & Spirituality in 20th Century Prints
The Modern Line: Peace & Spirituality in 20th Century Prints highlights the work of modern artists as they explored ideas of spiritual renewal and personal expression through religious subject matter, attempting to address their concerns and aspirations with modern life. The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries introduced vast technological changes to the Western world. Rapid forms of transportation and resulting changes in the ways people lived, worked, and traveled expanded many individuals’ worldview.
Around the turn of the 20th century, politics and the effects of materialism and industrialism elicited new avenues of expression for artists who celebrated and lamented modernity. Later, the devastation brought on by the World Wars profoundly affected artists who served in battle, lost loved ones, and experienced political upheaval and economic hardship. Artists during this time challenged past ideals of style and representation, utilizing bold color, expressionism, and abstracted forms to create modern impressions of the present and future.
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.