Vincentian Prayer Images: “The Colors of Charity” • 2

by | Jun 14, 2022 | Formation, Reflections

Let the images and the text sink in, and take root. These images might surprise you into prayer at various points in your day.

Last week we learned that we owe the first portrait of St. Vincent to the artist Simon François. “Since then the portraits of Saint Vincent have built on this model, freely interpreted by each artist. [In Italy alone,] over 200 portraits were found. His face shows an appearance of serene seriousness, kindly and affable.”


Artist: Pierfrancesco Guala

Artist: Gaspare Serenario

Anonymous French artist


This series is a visual memory of the great exhibition The Colors of Charity: Iconography of Saint Vincent de Paul in Italian art between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, which was on exhibit from 15 December 2017 to 25 February 2018 at the Collegio Alberoni of Piacenza.

The Congregation of the Mission has “described these masterpieces in a video, in order to give a visual testimony and also to allow those who were not able to take part directly in the exhibition to enjoy its beauty.”

– Fr. Erminio Antonello, CM, Province of Italy



About the series “Praying Our Heritage“.

For the more visually oriented among us, you don’t have to wait for the weekly image on Tuesday. You can browse for yourself. You can even search for images related to key words: Visit and search VinFormation’s database of prayer images.

We hope you enjoy these time-release prayer capsules!

We would also welcome you sharing with all of us images that inspired you to prayer.