museum of christian art, old goa

Crucifix, 18th Century, Ivory, wood, paint, gilt and mother of pearlThe subtleties of facial expression carved into ivory
(Crucifix, 18th Century, Ivory, wood, paint, gilt and mother of pearl)

If there is only one museum that you visit in Goa, let it be the Museum of Christian Art in Old Goa. One of the very few of its kind in Asia, the museum, housed in the convent of Santa Monica (1627), is a treasure trove of Indo-Portuguese statues, paintings, and sculpture used in the celebration of Holy Mass. Dating from the 16th to 20th Century, each object is a piece of art revealing the depth and splendor of an era; Created by Hindu artists they represent a style unique to Goa alone.

Some of my favorite pieces at the museum… Enjoy 🙂

Detail, embroidery on chasuble
Centuries old craftsmanship at its best
(Detail, embroidery on chasuble)
Bible, 18th Century, Paper and leather
This Bible was written in multiple languages including Hebrew
(Bible, 18th Century, Paper and leather)
Holy Trinity, early-17th Century, Se Cathedral, Marble
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: One God in three persons
(Holy Trinity, early-17th Century, Se Cathedral, Marble)
christian_museum_5
christian_museum_6
(Left: Infant Jesus in Cradle, 19th Century, Ivory and silver;
Right: Three Crucifixes, 18th Century, Ivory and silver plated wood
)
Infant Jesus Saviour of the World, 18th Century, Sculpture
The hand lifted to bless, the eyes almost seeing
(Infant Jesus Savior of the World, 18th Century, Sculpture)

Advertisements

One thought on “museum of christian art, old goa

  1. Pingback: goa travel tips | Return of the Prodigal

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s