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Joseph Vermeer's The Concert was painted using an optical device, which helped him see the effect of light the way we do not normally see it. When humans do the work of creation, we reflect part of God as Creator.
Claude Monet's Impression Sunrise gave the name to the community of Impressionists who were devoted to supporting one another in winning over the critics and the Paris Salon. Impressionism would not exist without community.
Vincent van Gogh's The Red Vineyard was the only painting he sold during his lifetime. He was plagued, not by the value of his collection (which at the time of his death was negligible) but by the question of whether his work would produce transcendent beauty.
Service to the Lord is never wasted. The life of Lilias Trotter is described, the talented painter of whom John Ruskin, the leading arbiter of art for the Victorian age, told her if she focused on her art she could be one of the world's great artists. But she instead chose to devote her life to m...