A Brief History of Iconography

Thirty years ago the word icon had a very specific meaning.  It referred exclusively to the religious art of the Orthodox Churches of the East.  Today the word is used for many other objects, ranging from famous movie stars to computer shortcuts for opening an application.  When the word refers to religious art, however, it… Read more »

Robert’s Politics: A Defense of the “Loyal Opposition”

In the video Robert’s Politics, Robert theorizes that one cannot fully be a Christian without being political. The idea that Christianity and politics are intertwined is consistent in both his work and in his faith. Robert’s icons showcase a dichotomy of religious and secular figures; holy people whose political impact on their world promoted Gospel… Read more »

Episode 2 – Politics

Robert believes that Christianity and politics are inextricably entwined. He has been accused of trying to push a political agenda with his work, however Robert maintains that Christianity has always been political and, in fact, one cannot be a Christian without being political. From choosing to follow or challenge the status quo to fighting for… Read more »

Episode 1 – Religion

Many artists will tell you that their inspiration frequently comes from unexpected places. For Br. Robert Lentz, though he may not have realized it at the time, the inspiration for his work began at a very young age. From the time he was a small child, both religion and creation were woven into the fabric… Read more »

Portrait of an Iconographer

Robert Lentz is a painter of Byzantine icons. He is a Franciscan Friar, a scholar of Christian history and theology, and an advocate for those living on the margins of traditional religious institutions. An artist with a kind, caring and hopeful outlook on God’s message, Robert lives a life full of inspiration that has shaped… Read more »