“Sacred Art”

A.Vonn Hartung—new art gallery


A.Vonn Hartung—new art gallery

A featured artist of the month in Geo Galleries

I am very excited and happy to announce my new online Art Gallery, GEO GALLERIES, where my paintings are for sale as top quality prints, printed on Archival Canvas or Archival Paper, with fade resistant archival pigmented inks. Such prints are recognized in the industry as “Giclee” Prints and are the preferred quality and process for art prints of leading artists.

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Mary at the manger before birth, with Joseph and God's creatures
             Before Birth, Mary at the Manger

This is one of the prints available in my Christian Sacred Art collection. Other collections in my gallery are Landscapes, Portraits, Flavors of Puerto Rico, Conversations with Creation, Climate Crisis, Stations of the Cross, Stations of the Resurrection, Genre paintings, and War.

I am an artist that has dedicated my life and art to a search for the spiritual dimensions of human nature as well as God’s beauty revealed in Creation. Through my paintings, wood carvings, prints, portraits, serigraphs, and murals, I seek to reveal the Light within that emanates and enriches our lives.

In my non-commissioned work, I am working on a series of paintings and carvings pertaining to God’s Creation and our response to the Climate Crisis, as called for in Pope Francis’ Encyclical— Laudato Si’. Many of these paintings are included in my “Climate Crisis” collection at GeoGalleries.

I invite you to visit my gallery

My collections include—

Christian Sacred Art

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Resurrection

Flavors of Puerto Rico



Conversations with Creation

Genre Paintings

Climate Crisis



It is the Lord!

It is the Lord! — An original acrylic painting from the series of 14 Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis) by A.Vonn Hartung.

The fishermen came up short, a whole night spent without a fish for breakfast. Christ appears as a beacon of Hope, and He fills their net with bounty. The boat swings into action, the tilt of the mast and that of the crossbeam, the prow and the stern all point towards the fulfillment of the Lord’s commandment, “cast your net”. Blessings of abundance are yours if only you are obedient and have faith in the voice of your shepherd.

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¡Es el Señor! – Una pintura acrílica original de la serie 14 Estaciones de la Resurrección (Via Lucis) de A.Vonn Hartung.

Los pescadores se quedaron cortos, pasaron una noche entera sin un pescado para desayunar. Cristo aparece como un faro de esperanza, y Él llena su red con generosidad. La barca entra en acción, la inclinación del mástil y la del travesaño, la proa y la popa apuntan hacia el cumplimiento del mandamiento del Señor, “echa tu red”. Las bendiciones de la abundancia son tuyas si solo eres obediente y tienes fe en la voz de tu pastor.

Contemplative Images for Holy Week

View a video of these Stations of the Cross, accompanied by sacred music

View video The Passion of our Lord

Ver video La Pasión de nuestro Señor


Read in Spanish

 The reason for the use of Sacred Art in the Church is to make visible what is invisible, to bring us to a more heightened state of awareness and connection with God and His Saints that we might share more fully in His Glory and Love for us, that we might go forth and DO HIS WILL.

Sacred Places of Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection have always been venerated – early pilgrims retraced the Way of the Cross. So it was that the pilgrims brought back from The Holy Land the idea of recreating those sacred places and events to share with the faithful of their home churches.

It is said that Saint Francis of Assisi began the practice of the Stations of the Cross. It then spread throughout Italy and Europe. It was his practice to reproduce in a realistic way the events of our Lord’s life and deeds (an example, is his reported installation of the stable and manger with live animals and people in commemoration of the birth of Jesus).

In a similar way I conceived these Stations of the Cross to bring immediacy to the Passion of our Lord.

Each one measures 4-ft x 8-ft. This is because of the cavernous size and interior simplicity of the nave of the church, Santa Rosa de Lima, in the town of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.  Intimacy was achieved by the use of local people as models and customs, so that the faithful might better identify with the trials that Our Lord and Savior suffered and died for because of His Love for us.

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Jesus is condemned to death. ViaCrucis Station 1 painting by AVonnHartung

Here we see Jesus, centered, surrounded by many but COMPLETELY alone, only those admitted from the status quo on both sides (although we see Flavia, wife of Pilate and perhaps Nicodemus who represent a small group of inside sympathizers).

In the midst of a crowded room He is a lonely figure. All signs point to Him, the columns, the center aisle and all who gesture, single Him out in accusation. He is The One! The cause of all their troubles, indignation and hatred! He must DIE!


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“The Life and Prophecy of St. John the Baptist”

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light…. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.” (John 1:6-8, 23)

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Today as the Catholic Church commemorates the Feast Day of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, I present this mosaic mural which depicts his life and prophecy in the sanctuary of Parroquia San Juan Bautista in the central mountain town of Orocovis, Puerto Rico.

"The Life and Prophecy of St. John the Baptist" mosic mural by AVonnHartung in Orocovis, Puerto Rico
“The Life and Prophecy of St. John the Baptist” mosaic mural byAVonnHartung in Orocovis, Puerto Rico

Conceived in three arches which represent the Holy Trinity, the story of St. John the Baptist is expressed across time in the sanctuary of Christ’s church and includes the priest and congregation today in the fulfillment of sacred liturgy. When viewed from the rear of the Church during Mass, the servers and congregation are seen as completing the work of art.


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El Buen Pastor / The Good Shepherd

On Sunday we celebrated “The Good Shepherd”

 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them. They follow me and I give them eternal life… (Jn 10:27)


El Buen Pastor/Good Shepherd painting by A.VonnHartung
El Buen Pastor / Good Shepherd painting by A.VonnHartung

When Padre Jaime Vázquez commissioned this painting, “El Buen Pastor / The Good Shepherd”, as part of my research I visited Ochoa Agrícola (agricultural store) in Caguas, Puerto Rico. They have scores of sheep, mostly lambs and yearlings.

I worked among them getting close-up sketches and the feel of them.

It is such an important part of bringing what we paint to life, to know as much as possible the essence of what it is we are making visible, which in reality is merely a thin film of paint on a two-dimensional canvas.

Closeup detail of painting “El Buen Pastor” (4 x 8-feet) by AVonnHartung, commissioned by Padre Jaime Vázquez Rojas in 2003 for “Parroquia El Buen Pastor” in Guaynabo (Apolo), Puerto Rico

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AVonnHartung with his painting ElBuenPastor


VIEW THE VIDEO—“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them. They follow me and I give them eternal life… (Jn 10:27) In this video A.Vonn Hartung speaks to a group of parishioners about his painting “El Buen Pastor”— In 2015 the parishioners of his church, San Ignacio de Loyola in Puerto Rico, under the leadership of Dra Señora Laura Gorbea organized a CARAVAN OF CARS to begin to make the rounds to see the Churches with Sacred Art that he had completed. We started with three churches in the metropolitan area. The painting in this video was commissioned by Padre Jaime Vázquez Rojas (may he rest in peace) of the Church of El Buen Pastor on Ave. Apolo in the town of Guaynabo.

NOTE: Due to the low resolution of this video, optimal viewing would be on a smartphone rather than a desktop computer.