Vincentian Prayer Images: “The Colors of Charity” • 4

by | Jun 28, 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.

The Mission Among the People

“The paintings which artists began producing from 1729, the year of Saint Vincent’s Beatification, reveal the tradition of the feelings the Vincentian Family cultivated in his memory, and the charitable action learned through his teaching. The first representation of Saint Vincent is as a preacher. This pictorial style began with the large altarpiece by Aureliano Milani, painted on the occasion of the Beatification. Saint Vincent preaches outdoors, in the countryside, among the common people, but even nobility and people of all kinds run to listen to him.”


Artist: Aureliano Milani (detail)

Artist: Aureliano Milani (detail)

Artist: Aureliano Milani (detail)


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.