Patron Saints of Artists: St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke

St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron Saint of Artists, Public Domain


“Patron Saints of Artists: St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sometimes you need to call in for reinforcements to believe more in yourself and your abilities to do what you believe God wants you to do in life. Talking with God and asking him for help is a great plan. Also, looking for others in the present time or from the past to discover how they coped with life may help inspire you to keep on going. here’s a prayer I found that I thought you would enjoy.


In case you are like me and in need of a little encouragement in your artistic skills, I discovered the patron saints of artists for you to study and gain inspiration from their lives and experience.

St. Catherine of Bologna – Feast Day March 9th
Abbess & Painter (1413-1463) 
Catherine was born in Bologna, Italy. She dabbled in writing, poetry, dancing, and Latin studies, but her forte was painting. She is a patron saint of painters and those who suffer from doubt.  In 1432 together with other young women of Ferrara, she founded a monastery of the Order of Poor Clares founded by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi.

St. Luke of Antioch, Patron Saint of Artists Wikipedia Public Doman

St. Luke, the Evangelist – Feast Day October 18th
The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations venerate him as Saint Luke the Evangelist and as a patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. He wrote one of the four Gospels. Saint Luke painted a picture of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Catholic says that the flying ox is a symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, applies to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ’s sacrifice of himself on the Cross.

References for St. Catherine of Bologna:

  1. “St. Catherine of Bologna – Patron of Artists:”
  2. Wikipedia. “Catherine of Bologna:”

References for St. Luke, the Evangelist, Writer of one of the Gospels.

  1. Catholic Saints Info. “St. Luke:”
  2. Walter Hayward Pitman. “Saint Luke, the Patron Saint of the Worshipful Company of Painters, otherwise Painter Stainers:”
  3. Wikipedia. “Guild of Saint Luke:”
  4. Catholic “Winged Ox:”

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6 thoughts on “Patron Saints of Artists: St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke”

  1. Hello Joan Edwards,
    Just read your post about the patron saints of artists and shared with my husband. Words of encouragement and inspiration. Just what we needed today. I look forward to seeing your watercolors and Haiku poems. You are a gifted artist and wordsmith.
    Joan Reid

    1. Dear Joan Reid,
      Thanks for writing. I am glad that you read my blog post and even shared it with your hubby. That is so sweet!
      Thanks for saying you look forward to seeing my watercolors and poems. I’ve been working on hand-drawn and digitized illustrations for my chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey!
      I love hearing from you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  2. Hi, Joan,
    I have been thinking of starting up painting again after many years and your blog topic is quite timely, thanks! I think painting might help me write better, too, which has been my primary focus for the last decade. Now that I know which patron saints to ask for guidance, I’m well on my way to carrying out this creative endeavor.
    All the best, Juliana Jones

    1. Dear Juli,
      Thank you for writing. I am so glad to hear from you! I hope you do paint. That sounds like something that will fill your heart with joy. Sometimes in painting scenes from a story, it helps you realize something about the story you didn’t know! A surprise! I’m glad that my telling a little about the Patron Saints of Artists has inspired you.
      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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