A holy card shows St. Vincent de Paul with a halo, holding an infant. These small, inexpensive images made devotional art accessible to the masses during the 19th century. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
A rustic, hand-embroidered portrait of St. Vincent de Paul is an example of the 19th-century craft, often practiced by young girls to improve their sewing skills. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
This panel of fabric from the beginning of the 19th century depicts scenes from St. Vincent de Paul’s life in five vignettes. Here, St. Vincent speaks to the Ladies of Charity about the plight of the children before him. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
A gilded urn from the mid-19th century pictures St. Vincent de Paul rescuing abandoned children from snowy streets. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
Nate Young’s “Untitled (Altar No. 4)” is graphite on paper in an artist-made oak frame. This work is displayed in the exhibition “Four Saints in Three Acts.” (Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago)
Jeni Spota’s painting “Bird Woman” is on display at the DePaul Art Museum in “Four Saints in Three Acts,” an exhibition that examines religious imagery in contemporary art. (Image courtesy of the artist and Brennan & Griffin Gallery)
A detail from “Chapel,” a room-sized work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas that is part of “Four Saints in Three Acts.” The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
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