Catholic Sacred Heart Image

When St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was asked to describe the vision she had of Christ’s Sacred Heart, she responded, “The Divine Heart was presented to me in a throne of flames, more resplendent than a sun, transparent as crystal, with this adorable wound. And it was surrounded with a crown of thorns, signifying the punctures made in it by our sins.”1

Inspired by those words, many artists have created images of the Sacred Heart. Pompeo Batoni painted one of the most famous images in 1760. It was displayed in a chapel in the Jesuit Church of the Gesù in Rome and became the model for others. In Batoni’s painting, Christ is wearing a red garment as a reminder that He shed his blood for mankind. The blue cape draped over His shoulder represents heaven. He holds His Sacred Heart in His left hand, and His right hand is open and beckons followers to Him.

Depictions of the Sacred Heart can often be found on holy cards, medals, and plaques hung in homes, schools, and churches.

Pompeo Batoni’s depiction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, created in 1760, became a model for others.

Originally posted 2019-05-17 17:31:18.