The Apostles’ Creed

Teodoro Ghisi

Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner

Teodoro Ghisi (1536–1601)

The Apostles’ Creed, dat. 1588

Oil on canvas

From the Graz Burg

Inv. no. 133

Seeing means learning – Catechesis


Teodoro Ghisi’s picture is a painted catechism. Content is illustrated in vivid form as on a panel for instruction in the faith – catechesis. The believer should understand the confession of faith, sentence by sentence, by viewing and deciphering a series of images. True to the account of the Creation, the confession of faith begins by naming God the Creator of the World:


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth


and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

     The Annunciation


and born of the Virgin Mary.

     The Birth of Christ


He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

     The Lamentation of Christ


He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead.

     Christ in limbo


He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father

     The Adoration of God the Father and God the Son by the apostles


from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

     The Day of Judgment


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the solemn foundation of the Church


the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, of goods

     The early Christian community 


the forgiveness of sins

     Peter’s Call to Repentance in the Temple


the resurrection of the body

     The Vision of the Prophet Ezekiel


and life everlasting. Amen.

     The Coronation of the Virgin Mary and the communion of saint.

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