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Week Fifty: Madonna of the Woods by Charalambos Epaminonda

December 15, 2019

Week Fifty: Madonna of the Woods by Charalambos Epaminonda

Cypriot Iconographer Charalambos Epaminonda is a good friend of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, one of the first five artists featured in my on-line art holdings. He created this week's image of the Virgin Mary and the Baby Jesus at my request for an Advent art exhibition of modern depictions of the Madonna. Trained in the traditional conventions of…

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Week Forty-Nine: Nativity Set by Eckart Henzler

December 8, 2019

Week Forty-Nine: Nativity Set by Eckart Henzler

All art collectors face the problem of where to set limits. I strayed from my original intentions during the past ten years in looking for nativity scenes, which are the sole focus of many fine collections. There are so many splendid handmade pieces by international artisans the temptation proved too great to resist! German Woodworker Eckart Henzler creates “tree…

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Week Forty-Eight: The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jos Speybrouck

December 1, 2019

Week Forty-Eight: The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jos Speybrouck

As we enter the final month of my tenth anniversary year survey of highlights of the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected images for December in a variety of styles from international art-makers depicting the Birth of Christ, a theme well represented in my collection listings. The first featured work is a chromolithograph of the Adoration of…

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Week Forty-Seven: Annunciation III by Frank Humphrey Allen

November 24, 2019

Week Forty-Seven: Annunciation III by Frank Humphrey Allen

This week's featured Annunciation scene is an acrylic on wood panel painting by British Artist Frank Humphrey Allen. Discovering Allen's work at an exhibition in a resort hotel on the island of Cyprus over ten years ago inspired me to look for more pieces on sacred themes by other unknown contemporary art-makers, helping…

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Week Forty-Six: The Annunciation by Ulyana Tomkevych

November 17, 2019

Week Forty-Six: The Annunciation by Ulyana Tomkevych

There have been many surprise encounters with schools of sacred art, new to me, during the past decade of collecting. One of the most exciting discoveries came three years ago, when I uncovered a treasure trove of contemporary icons on the website of the ICONART Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery in Lviv, Ukraine. This week's image of the Annunciation is…

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Week Forty-Five: The Annunciation by Hermine David

November 10, 2019

Week Forty-Five: The Annunciation by Hermine David

This week's featured image of the Annunciation is one of the more unusual art objects to be found in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgim Collection, a glazed enamel on copper plate depiction of the Angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary by French Artist Hermine David. Long overshadowed by her husband, the flamboyant Bulgarian-French artist, Jules Pascin, she has…

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Week Forty-Four: Sketch for The Annunciation at Fiesole by Maurice Denis

November 3, 2019

Week Forty-Four: Sketch for The Annunciation at Fiesole by Maurice Denis

As we continue my tenth anniversary survey of highlights of the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected artworks for the month of November on a biblical story, appropriate for the weeks leading up to Christmas--the Annunciation, recorded in Luke 1:26-38, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to tell her she had been chosen by…

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Week Forty-Three: St. Francis in Contemplation by Marie Romero Cash

October 27, 2019

Week Forty-Three: St. Francis in Contemplation by Marie Romero Cash

My overview of artworks of St. Francis of Assisi from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with a piece by New Mexican Artist Marie Romero Cash representing a second genre of Franciscan art very different from the whimsical depictions we have already seen of the nature-loving saint preaching to the birds.  It is…

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Week Forty-Two: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Jose Francisco Borges

October 20, 2019

Week Forty-Two: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Jose Francisco Borges

For this week's featured image of St. Francis of Assisi from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we travel south of the equator to the Northeast Region of Brazil, where Folk Artist Jose Francisco Borges presides over a family dynasty of woodblock printmakers, who learned their trade creating illustrations for cheaply published pamplets of stories and poems known as…

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Week Forty-One: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Sadao Watanabe

October 13, 2019

Week Forty-One: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Sadao Watanabe

We travel halfway around the world this week for my second featured piece from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection in this month dedicated to imagery of St. Francis of Assisi. It is a hand colored stencil print on momigami (wrinkled) mulberry paper of the nature-loving holy man preaching to the birds from more >>

Week Forty: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Antanas Kmieliauskas

October 6, 2019

Week Forty: St. Francis Preaches to the Birds by Antanas Kmieliauskas

As my year-long survey of highlights from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection continues into October, I will be featuring a quartet of artworks depicting Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is celebrated at the beginning of this month. My first selection is a book plate from Lithuanian Graphic Artist Antanas Kmieliauskas, found in the gallery of themore >>

Week Thirty-Nine: Christ & the Angels in Glory by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

September 29, 2019

Week Thirty-Nine: Christ & the Angels in Glory by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

My retrospective look at angel imagery in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with a glitter-sprinkled, mixed media cardboard panel painting of Christ & the Angels in Glory by Rudolph Valentino Bostic. This self-taught, visionary artist from Savannah, Georgia, knows how to turn throw-away appliance boxes into images of the sublime, often depicting…

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Week Thirty-Eight: The Second Trumpet by Konstantin Kalynovych

September 22, 2019

Week Thirty-Eight: The Second Trumpet by Konstantin Kalynovych

Russian-Ukrainian Printmaker Konstantin Kalynovych is, without doubt, the most angelic-minded artmaker in my listings. My featured image this week of the hosts of heaven from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is one of nine bookplates with depictions of angels to be found in the gallery of the Kalynovych profile page, this time,…

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Week Thirty-Seven: Guardian Angel by Sister Mary Corita Kent

September 15, 2019

Week Thirty-Seven: Guardian Angel by Sister Mary Corita Kent

This week's featured image of the heavenly hosts from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection represents a much-loved "subgenre" of the theme: guardian angel art. In this 1955 serigraph from Sister Mary Corita Kent, the American artist-nun best known for her pop-art inspired text prints, we see a heavenly helper reaching down to…

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Week Thirty-Six: Havoc in Heaven by Benton Spruance

September 8, 2019

Week Thirty-Six: Havoc in Heaven by Benton Spruance

Last week, American Graphic Artist Ruth Starr Rose gave us a magisterical print from 1942 of the hosts of heaven proclaiming the Word of the Lord to the end of the universe.  This week' featured artwork on the theme of angels from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, made six years later by Philadelphia-based Printmaker Benton Spruance, conveys a very…

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Week Thirty-Five: Hear the Wondrous Word of the Lord by Ruth Starr Rose

September 1, 2019

Week Thirty-Five: Hear the Wondrous Word of the Lord by Ruth Starr Rose

As we continue our tenth anniversary survey of artists in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected pieces for September on the theme of angels, since the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels will be celebrated at the end of the month. My first featured work is a color lithograph from 1942 by American Graphic Artist…

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Week Thirty-Four: The Hem of His Garment by Earl Stetson Crawford

August 25, 2019

Week Thirty-Four: The Hem of His Garment by Earl Stetson Crawford

My final featured images this month of a miracle of Christ from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection are a rare paring of a preliminary sketch and a final etching by American Artist Earl Stetson Crawford. A grandson of famed hat-maker, John B. Stetson, he studied art in Paris under the tutelage of Early Modernist James McNeill Whistler and…

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Week Thirty-Three: Jesus Stills the Storm by Jose Ignacio Fletes Cruz

August 18, 2019

Week Thirty-Three: Jesus Stills the Storm by Jose Ignacio Fletes Cruz

This week's featured artwork from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting a miracle of Christ comes from Nicaragua. It is an acrylic on canvas painting of Jesus stilling the storm by Jose Ignacio Fletes Cruz, a Primitivista artist whose naif style of image-making is associated with a utopian Christian community, founded in…

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Week Thirty-Two: The Wedding at Cana by Unknown Armenian Artist

August 11, 2019

Week Thirty-Two: The Wedding at Cana by Unknown Armenian Artist

Like the Ethiopian leather painting based on ancient illuminated manuscripts we just viewed, this week's featured piece from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a modern prototype of a historic sacred school of art: Armenian ceramics. The glazed tile, depicting Christ's first miracle at the Wedding in Cana, when he turned water…

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Week Thirty-One: Jesus Heals the Blind Man by Unknown Ethiopian Artist

August 4, 2019

Week Thirty-One: Jesus Heals the Blind Man by Unknown Ethiopian Artist

As we make our way through this tenth anniversary year, looking at highlights of the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected images for the month of August, illustrating the miracles of Jesus. This week's featured painting on leather of Christ healing a blind man comes from Ethiopia, one of the oldest Christian civilizations in the world, which…

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Week Thirty: The Return of the Prodigal in Three Variations by Michael Vargas

July 28, 2019

Week Thirty: The Return of the Prodigal in Three Variations by Michael Vargas

As we come to the end of a month devoted to artworks illustrating the Parable of the Prodigal Son, I have selected a triptych of images from New Mexican Artist Michael Vargas that highlights a key activity of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection--the commissioning of new pieces on religious themes by artists who…

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Week Twenty-Nine: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Karnig Nalbandian

July 20, 2019

Week Twenty-Nine: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Karnig Nalbandian

During a decade of art collecting, I have occasionally come upon an elusive art-maker whose small body of work suggests they could have achieved more than has survived the passing of time. The creater of this week's intriguing etching of the Return of the Prodigal Son fits this categorgy. Karnig Nalbandian has been…

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Week Twenty-Eight: The Prodigal Son by Robert Hodgell

July 14, 2019

Week Twenty-Eight: The Prodigal Son by Robert Hodgell

Humor is generally in short supply in religious art, so, I'm delighted to present a not-so-serious image of the Prodigal Son from American Artist Robert Hodgell this week in my continuing survey of highlights of the Sacred Art Pilgrim. The son of a Methodist minister, Hodgell heard enough sermons growing up to view…

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Week Twenty-Seven: The Prodigal Son by Alexander Gaun

July 6, 2019

Week Twenty-Seven: The Prodigal Son by Alexander Gaun

As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection with a survey of highlights from my on-line art listings, I have selected images for the month of July depicting Christ's Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke.  My first featured piece bears witness to an fascinating revival of sacred art-making in Russia, where…

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Week Twenty-Six: The Good Shepard by Myrtice West

June 30, 2019

Week Twenty-Six: The Good Shepard by Myrtice West

My last image of the Good Shepherd for the month of June from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgirm Collection is one of the most unusual objects I own: a gourd handpainted by American Outsider Artist Myrtice West with an image of the Shepherd from Christ's Parable of the Lost Sheep  in Luke 15:4-7. …

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Week Twenty-Five: For These Sheep I Lay Down My Life by Eugene Higgins

June 23, 2019

Week Twenty-Five: For These Sheep I Lay Down My Life by Eugene Higgins

This week's image of the Good Shepherd is part of one of my earliest major acquisitions for the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, a series of 25 colored monotypes and six etchings on the life of Christ by American Artist Eugene Higgins, commissioned in the 1940s for a religious lending library in Hartford, Connecticut. …

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Week Twenty-Four: The Lord is My Shepherd by Otto Schubert

June 16, 2019

Week Twenty-Four: The Lord is My Shepherd by Otto Schubert

My next image of the Good Shepherd from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a watercolor by German Artist Otto Schubert. He belongs to the Lost Generation of European artists who came of age in the trenches of World War I and survived the barbarity of the Third Reich, only to find…

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Week Twenty-Three: The Good Shepherd by Eric Gill

June 9, 2019

Week Twenty-Three: The Good Shepherd by Eric Gill

This week's image of the Good Shepherd from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is the work of Eric Gill, the brilliant, idiosyncratic early 20th century British sculptor, graphic artist, typographer, and essayist, better remembered today for his innovative Gill sans-serif typeface than his eccentric views on the wearing of pants and how…

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Week Twenty-Two: The Good Shepherd by Eri Fragiadaki

June 1, 2019

Week Twenty-Two: The Good Shepherd by Eri Fragiadaki

As we continue our tenth anniversary series on artworks currently on view in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected pieces for the month of June and the beginning of summer, depicting one of the "great outdoors" themes of the Bible. It is, of course, the story of the Good Shepherd, who makes us lie down in…

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Week Twenty-One: Protected By Her Cloak by Gerardo Ortega and Family

May 26, 2019

Week Twenty-One: Protected By Her Cloak by Gerardo Ortega and Family

We close out this month of Marian-themed images from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection with a figurative ceramic piece by Mexican Potter Gerardo Ortega and his family. They work in the pottery-making center of Tonala in the central western Mexican state of Jalisco, creating whimsical sculptures from clay treated with “betus” pine resin oil to give it a…

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Week Twenty: Virgin Enthroned Egyptian Coptic Papyrus Painting

May 19, 2019

Week Twenty: Virgin Enthroned Egyptian Coptic Papyrus Painting

The image of the Virgin Mary on display this week in my month-long survey of Marian-themed artworks in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection has a direct connection to the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament. It was painted by an unknown modern Egyptian artisan on a sheet made from papyrus, a reed once plentiful in the Nile River marshes,…

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Week Nineteen: Westraven Cloisonne Tile of the Madonna and Child

May 12, 2019

Week Nineteen: Westraven Cloisonne Tile of the Madonna and Child

This week's Marian-themed image for the month of May from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a modern variation on a traditional genre of decorative art from the Netherlands: ceramic wall tiles. During the 17th century Golden Age of Dutch culture, flat, double-glazed, clay plaques with religious themes decorated humble cottages and stately homes, often set into fireplaces where…

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Week Eighteen: Pieta with Mouse by Bohuslav Reynek

May 5, 2019

Week Eighteen: Pieta with Mouse by Bohuslav Reynek

As we begin the month of May, the time of year traditionally devoted to the Virgin Mary,  I have a final print of the Passion of the Christ to present this week, serving as the perfect transition piece from the art of Easter to the next theme we will be exploring in my year-long survey of works on-line from…

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Week Seventeen: Sonday by William Schickel

April 28, 2019

Week Seventeen: Sonday by William Schickel

On the Sunday when the Eastern Orthodox celebrate Easter this year, I have an image of the Resurrection to present from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by a Midwestern American artist, whom I had the privilege of meeting shortly before his death at the age of 89 in 2009. William Schickel's eyesight was failing and his hand less steady,…

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Weeks Fifteen-Sixteen: The Crucifixion by Jodi Simmons

April 14, 2019

Weeks Fifteen-Sixteen: The Crucifixion by Jodi Simmons

The Sacred Art Pilgrim will be taking to the road again during the Easter holiday, unattached to the social media, so my piece of retro art from the the Collection chosen for Holy Week not only depicts the Crucifixion but anticipates the Resurrection. Traditional in technique but unconventional in style and theme, this icon is the work of Massachusetts-based…

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Week Fourteen: Station X: The Disrobing of Christ by Frank Brangwyn

April 7, 2019

Week Fourteen: Station X: The Disrobing of Christ by Frank Brangwyn

Frank Brangwyn, a multi-talented British artist who made everything from wall paintings to wall paper, was one of the first major twentieth century sacred art-makers to find a place in my collection ten years ago. An internet search for Crucifixion images turned up a woodcut of Christ falling on the road to Calvary from a Stations of the Cross…

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Week Thirteen: Bearing the Cross by Lovis Corinth

March 31, 2019

Week Thirteen: Bearing the Cross by Lovis Corinth

I have an image of Christ on the Way of Sorrow to present this week from Lovis Corinth, a German artist I was eager to include in my collection after seeing a 2008 exhibition of his work at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. I knew about Corinth's role in in the history of…

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Week Twelve: First Fall: Station III by Jean Charlot

March 24, 2019

Week Twelve: First Fall: Station III by Jean Charlot

As we continue my tenth anniversary survey of artists and artworks in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have a Lenten-themed print of Christ falling under the Cross to display this week by French-born Artist Jean Charlot, one of the first pieces I acquired in my search for modern religious art. From Europe, Charlot eventually made his way to…

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Week Eleven: Christ Mocked by a Dwarf by Edward Knippers

March 17, 2019

Week Eleven: Christ Mocked by a Dwarf by Edward Knippers

This week's Lenten image of Christ Mocked by a Dwarf is the work of Edward Knippers, a fellow collector and key player on the American sacred art scene. He is represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by a diverse body of works, acquired directly from the artist in his studio in Northern Virginia. Knippers is famous for painting…

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Week Ten: The Imposter by Peter Howson

March 10, 2019

Week Ten: The Imposter by Peter Howson

As we continue into the season of Lent with our survey of works in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have selected a graphite on gessoed wood drawing of the Mocking of Christ this week by one of the great masters of contemporary sacred art: Peter Howson. The Scotland-based artist comes closer than…

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Week Nine: Head of Christ III by Dora Maar

March 3, 2019

Week Nine: Head of Christ III by Dora Maar

During the season of Lent my review of artists and artworks in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection will focus on imagery of Christ's Passion. Dora Maar holds a special place in the history of contemporary art as the muse and mistress of Pablo Picasso. She served as his model for two of the most expensive paintings ever sold at…

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Week Eight: Noah's Happy Venture by Maria Uyauri

February 24, 2019

Week Eight: Noah's Happy Venture by Maria Uyauri

Noah's Ark is a favorite theme of the fabric artists featured in the Andean Arpilleras page in the Schools of Sacred Art section. When you look at this week's charming example from these listings, showing disembarking animals, by Peruvian Embroiderer Maria Uyauri, you would little suspect these narrative cloth panels, traditionally made…

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Week Seven: Noah's Ark by Unknown Haitian Artist

February 17, 2019

Week Seven: Noah's Ark by Unknown Haitian Artist

Looking back on ten years of sacred art collecting, I have a delightful image of Noah's Ark to present this week from Haiti, made from an unusual material—recycled oil drums. The unknown creator of this playful piece of Noah adrift with his animals works with 55 gallon barrels, collected from the harbor of the capital of Port-du-Prince. Haitian metalworkers…

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Week Six: Noah's Ark by Myrtice West

February 10, 2019

Week Six: Noah's Ark by Myrtice West

 We move on this week to a work illustrating another foundational narrative from the Book of Genesis by an "Outsider Artist" well represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection--Myrtice West. The Alabama-based painter gives us a panoramic view in her characteristic naif style of the animals gathered two by two to enter Noah's…

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Week Five: Adam and Eve by Elena Beniceru

February 3, 2019

Week Five: Adam and Eve by Elena Beniceru

Adam and Eve have returned this week in a charming folk art piece, typical of another tradition of artisan art, represented in the Schools of Sacred Art listings of the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection--the reversed glass icons of Romania. When the Transylvanian regions of this East European nation were joined to the…

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Week Four: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Unknown Kuna Artist

January 27, 2019

Week Four: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Unknown Kuna Artist

As we continue this 10th anniversary survey of pieces in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I'm featuring another work this week depicting the Creation story in the Book of Genesis--this time by an unknown textile artist from the Kuna People, who live in the San Blas Archipelago off the northwestern coast of Panama. I have set myself two guidelines…

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Week Three: "In the Beginning Was the Word" by Sandra Bowden

January 20, 2019

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The majority of artworks I have collected during the past ten years deal with sacred stories of the Judeo-Christian tradition mostly found in the Bible. It seems appropriate, then, to start my survey of artists and artworks in the Sacred Art Pilgrim collection with the embossed collagraph print from Massachusetts Artist Sandra Bowden, In the Beginning Was the Word. …

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Week Two: Christ et docteur by Georges Rouault

January 13, 2019

Week Two: Christ et docteur by Georges Rouault

What better way to launch my 10th anniversary on-line show of Sacred Art Pilgrim acquisitions than with a look back at the artwork that began it all--the oil on paper mounted on canvas painting, Christ et docteur, from 1937 by French Artist Georges Rouault, the unrivalled master of contemporary sacred art!  This powerful image of Christ's nighttime meeting with…

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Week One: Kingdom Treasure Hunters by Carl Dixon

January 6, 2019

Week One: Kingdom Treasure Hunters by Carl Dixon

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. In celebration of this milestone, I want to take a look back at this decade of art collecting and feature one work by one art-maker currently in the Sacred Artist or Schools of Sacred Art listings once a week for the next twelve months. My 2019 retrospective…

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Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Sviatoslav Vladyka

December 23, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Sviatoslav Vladyka

 

                     MERRY CHRISTMAS
                     Happy New Year!

                   The Sacred Art Pilgrim

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Picture in Focus: Corpus Delicti Nativity Set by Oliver Fabel

December 16, 2018

Picture in Focus: Corpus Delicti Nativity Set by Oliver Fabel

"Less is more" is the mantra of German Designer Oliver Fabel, who created this week's new manger scene in a minimalist style from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. With the exception of the cradle and the Baby Jesus, the other "figures" in this Christmas display are similar-sized wooden blocks, resembling pieces in a Jenga game, with printed labels to…

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Pictures in Focus: Four Ethiopian Parchment Paintings

September 10, 2010

Pictures in Focus: Four Ethiopian Parchment Paintings

Four new scenes from the Life of Christ, painted on parchment, have just been added to the Ethiopian Icons gallery in the Schools of Art section. I don't know the name of the artist who created these beautiful pieces, but they are clearly by a different hand than the other sacred images in my Ethiopian art collection. This folk…

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