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Sat, Apr 01


St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church

Maxo Vanka Murals

This Lent, we are visiting the Maxo Vanka murals to reflect on The Crucifixion in view of the horrors of war and the struggle for justice.

Maxo Vanka Murals
Maxo Vanka Murals

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2023, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, 24 Maryland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209, USA

About the Event

"I painted so that Divinity in becoming human, would make humanity divine.” 

This was the philosophy of Croatian artist Maxo Vanka. In the years leading into World War II, Vanka began work on twenty-five murals in the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. By the time he completed the work in 1951, he had created a collection of images that examined faith in light of the horrors of war and the struggle for justice, especially for laborers and immigrants in the United States. 

This Lent, with The Crucifixion on the horizon, we're taking a tour of these murals as a way to contemplate the spiritual themes of the season. After the tour, we'll meet up at Harold's Haunt, the Millvale "they-bar" and queer community space, to talk over the experience.

Admission to the Vanka Murals is $15. The Commonwealth can cover the cost for you. 

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