I figure if anyone can help me with this problem, someone here can!
I work in Eastern Europe helping to coordinate Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation Masses in English. If you’ve been to Eastern Europe, you may have noticed that instead of ‘misalettes,’ there’s often a screen near the altar, and slides of the hymns are flashed on this screen - everyone follows the words on the screen. Here, everyone has the Mass memorized; they don’t need slides to respond to the Mass, but in English they need them. So in our English Mass, we have the hymns as well as the responses to the Mass.
Our ‘style’ is to have a ‘first’ slide that announces the Sunday or feast (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time; the Assumption, etc.). We like to have a work of art on this slide, if we can. Of course, the art should be beautiful and should connect with the Gospel of the day or with the season or feast. Most of the time, we have a simple colored slide with no art, just words, because we can’t find art.
I’ve been searching online for truly beautiful, truly Catholic art. I can go to the Microsoft clip art site and get cartoons or line-drawings or other ‘cheap’-looking stuff. It’s not what we want, though. I’m looking for Giotto, van Eyck, El Greco, Fra Angelico - the kind of full-colour, beautiful, classic art that you find in the Didache Series of catechism textbooks, for example.
I haven’t been able to find these online, and I’m stumped. I’ve seen them on e-mail post cards and I’ve seen such illustrations on some Catholic websites. I’m sure they can’t be copyright. So where do people get them? I hope they don’t scan them from books - we have the books; we haven’t got a scanner.
It would be great if I could download or copy and paste (onto PowerPoint slides) beautiful, traditional Catholic art for the major feasts of the Church as well as artworks illustrating the Gospels. I just have no idea where to find it online.
A few conditions, though: we have no money! If it costs, we can’t use it. And line-drawings, black & white images, photographs of statues, or ‘cartoon’-like drawings are not what we’re looking for.
If anyone can suggest websites, I’d be most appreciative. If scanning is the only way, we could probably find someone with a scanner - but how do you get it from scanned to a PowerPoint slide? (I’m not very computer savvy!)
Thanks a lot!