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Artist in Profile: Hari Mitrushi

November 11, 2018

Artist in Profile: Hari Mitrushi

In the weeks leading up to the Advent season, I will be offering profiles of three art-makers now joining my Sacred Artists listings, whose distinctive cultural backgrounds and global views greatly add to the diversity of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. This week's new Artist in Profile has the distinction of being the first in my collection to come…

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Picture in Focus: Jesus Never Fails Plaque with Warner Sallman Head of Christ

October 21, 2018

Picture in Focus: Jesus Never Fails Plaque with Warner Sallman Head of Christ

We leave politics and current affairs behind and enter the world of commerce with this week's new face of Jesus from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. The conservative Protestant faith community where I grew up frowned on holy relics, but this faux wood, bakelite plaque with a reproduction of Warner Sallman's famous Head of Christ fills that kind of…

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Picture in Focus: The Warrior Jesus Ex Libris by Jan Krejci

October 14, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Warrior Jesus Ex Libris by Jan Krejci

Czech Graphic Artist Jan Krejci offers us another "politicized" face of Jesus from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection--not a Savior of the World who is the target of bullets like the Sviatoslav Vladyka Christ of Our Freedom we just considered but the gun-toting Jesus bristling with cartridge belts of this week's featured ex libris caricature. Ever since the Emperor…

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Picture in Focus: The Christ of Our Freedom by Sviatoslav Vladyka

October 7, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Christ of Our Freedom by Sviatoslav Vladyka

We looked last week at a variation of “Behold the Man” imagery, where Christ was posed against a police line-up wall. My new face of Jesus from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection for this week, acquired on a recent trip to Ukaine, is also linked to contemporary issues. It reminds us of Christ’s parting promise to be with his…

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Out & About: The Icon Prayer Card Prison Ministry of Jack Pachuta

September 30, 2018

Out & About: The Icon Prayer Card Prison Ministry of Jack Pachuta

My latest face of Jesus is a strikingly unconventional variation on the “Behold the Man” motif we looked at last week. This portrait of the humiliated Christ, posed against a police line-up wall, is the work of Pennsylvania Icon-maker Jack Pachuta, who illustrates prayer cards for distribution among prisoners. A devout Roman Catholic, Pachuta wanted to do volunteer work…

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Picture in Focus: "Behold the Man" by Benton Spruance

September 23, 2018

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There is a different kind of portrait of Christ in his Passion on display this week from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection that is often distinguishable from Man of Sorrows imagery only in its title: "Ecce Homo" or "Behold the Man." While Man of Sorrows portraits are more timeless images of the Suffering Christ that may include the wounds…

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Picture in Focus: Two Woodcuts of the Man of Sorrows by Jaroslav Vodrazka

September 14, 2018

Picture in Focus: Two Woodcuts of the Man of Sorrows by Jaroslav Vodrazka

I have other variations of Christ portraiture related to his Passion to present in my series on new faces of Jesus in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. We will look this week at a genre of imagery known as the Man of Sorrows, depicting Christ wearing a crown of thorns, often stripped to the waist and displaying his wounds,…

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Picture in Focus: Handkerchief of Veronica by Sadao Watanabe

September 9, 2018

Picture in Focus: Handkerchief of Veronica by Sadao Watanabe

I have yet a third image of the Veil of Veronica face of Jesus from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection to present this week. It comes from an usual source--Japanese Printmaker Sadao Watanabe. The leading Japanese Christian artist of the 20th century found faith through a church founded by American Protestant missionaries and the overwhelming majority of his sacred…

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Picture in Focus: Veronica and the Sudarium by Otto Schubert

September 2, 2018

Picture in Focus: Veronica and the Sudarium by Otto Schubert

I have another variation on the Veil of Veronica face of Jesus to present this week from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. The featured linocut by German Printmaker Otto Schubert depicts the moment in sacred story when the pious woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Christ as he carried his cross to Calvary looks down in wonderment…

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Picture in Focus: The Divine Face by Marie Sena

August 26, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Divine Face by Marie Sena

Just as the Eastern Orthodox venerate icons of The Savior Made Without Hands, Western Christians have their own miraculous image of Christ on a cloth, known as the Veil of Veronica, the subject of this week's new face of Jesus from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection.  The origin of this supernatural portrait of Christ is remembered in the Sixth…

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Picture in Focus: Christ of Edessa Icon by Arsen Bereza

August 19, 2018

Picture in Focus: Christ of Edessa Icon by Arsen Bereza

 In my continuing series on new faces of Jesus in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have a second icon of the Savior Made Without Hands to display this week by another representative of the new school of iconography in Lviv, Ukraine. Arsen Bereza works with "found objects," painting his version of the miraculous image of Christ sent to…

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Picture in Focus: Icon of the Savior Made Without Hands by Ulyana Tomkevych

August 12, 2018

Picture in Focus: Icon of the Savior Made Without Hands by Ulyana Tomkevych

My travels last month took me to Lviv, Ukraine, where I found this week's featured face of Jesus at an exhibit of recent works by Ulyana Tomkevych at the ICONART Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic icon-maker offers us a striking contemporary variation in the round on an ancient prototype of a miraculous image of Jesus known…

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Pictures in Focus: Faces of Jesus Wood Engraving by Louis Jou

August 5, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Faces of Jesus Wood Engraving by Louis Jou

This Sunday marks the start of my next on-line art series, Faces of Jesus, featuring new portraits of Christ from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. During the next two months, we will be exploring how this foundational subject of Christian art has been redefined by a mix of international artists, working in styles modern and traditional. If you have…

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Picture in Focus: Delft Cloisonne Tile for the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches

June 24, 2018

Picture in Focus: Delft Cloisonne Tile for the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches

The universal church appears once more as a ship at sea offering salvation in this week's new artwork from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, the last nautical-themed piece I have to present for the month of June. It is a glazed tile in the cloisonne style from the famous De Porceleyne Fles earthenware factory in Delft, commemorating the First…

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Picture in Focus: Noah's Ark by Budimir Dimitrijevic

June 17, 2018

Picture in Focus: Noah's Ark by Budimir Dimitrijevic

As we journey by boat through the month of June, I have a second book plate print of Noah's Ark to present this week by another East European graphic artist. Serbian Printmaker Budimir Dimitrijevic shows us the famous biblical craft long after its landing on Mount Ararat. Serenely set in a garden where birds build their nests, the landlocked…

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Picture in Focus: Noah and the Ark by Sergey Kirnitskiy

June 10, 2018

Picture in Focus: Noah and the Ark by Sergey Kirnitskiy

As we continue our survey of nautical-themed images in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have a book plate from Ukraine to show this week, depicting the greatest sea-faring tale of them all: the story of Noah's Ark. In this culture-bending variation from Ukrainian Graphic Artist Sergey Kirnitskiy, Noah appears to have made a far-easterly detour on his way…

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Picture in Focus: The Hope by Konstantin Kalynovych

June 3, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Hope by Konstantin Kalynovych

With the summer season soon upon us, I have selected new images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection for the month of June on the theme of Psalm 107:23 (KJV): "they that go down to the sea in ships." My first nautically-inspired artwork is another of Russian-Ukrainian Printmaker Konstantin Kalynovych's symbol-laden book plates, depicting two sailing vessels that are…

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Picture in Focus: The Virgin Who Shows the Way by Lyuba Yatskiv

May 27, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Virgin Who Shows the Way by Lyuba Yatskiv

My art festival of new Marian images for the month of May from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to a close this week with a splendid new icon of the Madonna and Child by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Artist Lyuba Yatskiv. The icon-maker from Lviv in West Ukraine offers us a contemporary variation on the time-honored iconographic prototype of…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Serigraphs of the Virgin of Monserrat by Lorenzo Homar and Sixto Cotto

May 20, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Two Serigraphs of the Virgin of Monserrat by Lorenzo Homar and Sixto Cotto

 In my series for the month of May on new Marian images in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we travel east from Mexico to Puerto Rico this week to view two serigraphs by Puerto Rican graphic artists showing the Virgin of Monserrat, one of the most popular themes of the island's saint-making wood carvers. This manifestation of the Mother…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe from the Lorenzo Family

May 13, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Two Paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe from the Lorenzo Family

My survey of new images of the Virgin Mary in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection takes us this week to the Mexican village of Xalitla and the Lorenzo Family, noted for their sacred artworks in acrylic on masonite panels resembling amate paper paintings. Lucas, the family patriarch, and his son, Jesus, offer us two variations in a naif folk…

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Picture in Focus: Westraven Cloisonne Tile of the Madonna and Child

May 6, 2018

Picture in Focus: Westraven Cloisonne Tile of the Madonna and Child

May is the time of year to remember the Virgin Mary. During the next four weeks, I will be presenting new images of the Mother of Christ from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection in an eclectic mix of styles and media by international artists, underscoring the global popularity of Marian-themed sacred art. My first offering is an image of…

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Picture in Focus: Exodus: Journeys of Liberation by Carl Dixon

April 29, 2018

Picture in Focus: Exodus: Journeys of Liberation by Carl Dixon

Mississippi Artist Carl Dixon created this week's new art offering from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection especially for the 2018 Lenten art exhibition, Exodus: Journeys of Liberation, at the gallery of St. Philip Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio. It brings together the themes we have been considering this month. At the center of his carved wood panel painting, Christ…

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Pictures in Focus: Palimpsest Portraits of Jesus and Martin Luther King by Tyrus Clutter

April 22, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Palimpsest Portraits of Jesus and Martin Luther King by Tyrus Clutter

Fifty years ago this month, American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. To honor this fourth generation Baptist minister from Georgia who was inspired by his Christian faith to struggle for racial equality by non-violent means, I have two new color viscosity prints by American Graphic Artist Tyrus Clutter to present…

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Picture in Focus: Ex Libris of the Resurrection by Karel Musil

April 15, 2018

Picture in Focus: Ex Libris of the Resurrection by Karel Musil

On this second Sunday after Easter, I have a book plate print to show by Czech Graphic Artist Karel Musil, presenting the Resurrection of Christ in a way familiar to all Western Christians. In the earliest depictions of what happened on Easter Sunday like the Eastern-rite image of the Myrrhbearers we saw last week from Ukrainian Greek Catholic Iconographer…

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Picture in Focus: The Myrrhbearers by Sviatoslav Vladyka

April 8, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Myrrhbearers by Sviatoslav Vladyka

Christian is risen! He is risen, indeed! This traditional greeting can be heard this Sunday as Eastern Orthodox Christians around the globe celebrate Easter. The Gospel accounts of the Resurrection offer no real description of Christ rising from the dead. During the next two weeks, we will look at the differences in Eastern and Western imagery of the event…

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Picture in Focus: Resurrection Triptych from Unknown La Palma Workshop

April 1, 2018

Picture in Focus: Resurrection Triptych from Unknown La Palma Workshop

 

                          CHRIST IS RISEN!!
                               Happy Easter
                          
The Sacred Art Pilgrim

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Picture in Focus: Les Tenebres by Alfred Manessier

March 25, 2018

Picture in Focus: Les Tenebres by Alfred Manessier

As we begin Holy Week, my Lenten series on new images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection illustrating seven moments from the Passion of Christ comes to end with an abstract expressionist image of the Crucifixion by French Master Printmaker Alfred Manessier. This color lithograph is the fourth plate in a suite of seven prints Manessier created in 1949…

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Picture in Focus: Vera Icon by Tyrus Clutter

March 18, 2018

Picture in Focus: Vera Icon by Tyrus Clutter

American Graphic Artist Tyrus Clutter created this week's new image from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, recalling a moment in Christ's journey to Calvary not found in the Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion but commemorated in the Roman Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross. At the sixth "stop" in this traditional cycle of fourteen prayers remembering the…

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Picture in Focus: Christ Carrying the Cross Mola by Unknown Kuna Artist

March 11, 2018

Picture in Focus: Christ Carrying the Cross Mola by Unknown Kuna Artist

We travel this week to the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean Coast of Panama for our next new Lenten image from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, depicting the fifth of seven moments from the Passion story, when Christ takes up the Cross to follow the Way of Sorrow to Calvary. This image of Jesus struggling under his heavy…

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Picture in Focus: The Mocking of Christ by Frank Brangwyn

March 4, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Mocking of Christ by Frank Brangwyn

We turn this week to Frank Brangwyn, another modern British master of sacred art, for the fourth in our series of new works from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting seven moments from the Passion of Christ. The multi-talented, Belgian-born, Roman Catholic artist created this hand-colored lithographic reproduction of a chalking drawing he made in 1912, combining two popular…

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Picture in Focus: The Garden of Gethsemane by Peter Howson

February 25, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Garden of Gethsemane by Peter Howson

British Artist Peter Howson created this week's new illustration in pastel from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection of the third of seven moments from the Passion of Christ, which we will be considering during the Lenten Season. A master of the mob scene, the Glasgow-based draughtsman gives us a timeless variation on Christ's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane,…

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Picture in Focus: The Agony in the Garden by Charalambos Epaminonda

February 18, 2018

Picture in Focus: The Agony in the Garden by Charalambos Epaminonda

As we make our way through the Season of Lent, looking at new works from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collectin, depicting seven moments in the Passion of Christ, my art offering this week from Cypriot Iconographer Charalambos Epaminonda shows Jesus praying in Gethsemane, a theme known in Western religious art as the Agony in the Garden. Epaminonda is a…

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Picture in Focus: Hammered Metal Sculpture of the Last Supper by Zilius Muracin

February 11, 2018

Picture in Focus: Hammered Metal Sculpture of the Last Supper by Zilius Muracin

The Season of Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday.  During this traditional 40-day period of reflection leading up to Easter, I will be presenting new images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by international artists depicting seven key moments from the Gospel narratives of the Passion of Christ. We begin this Sunday with a metal sculpture of the…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Color Etchings of the Flight into Egypt by Jaroslav Dajc and Emilie Tomanova

February 4, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Two Color Etchings of the Flight into Egypt by Jaroslav Dajc and Emilie Tomanova

I have two suitably somber-toned small format prints of the Flight into Egypt by Czech Artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection to display as we move from the post-Epiphany period into the season of Lent. Czech printmakers Emilie Tomanova and Jaroslav Dajc make masterful use of chiaroscuro effects to heighten the drama of the perilous escape of Joseph,…

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Pictures in Focus: Lithographs of the Flight into Egypt by Karel Oberthor and Zuzana Oberthorova

January 28, 2018

Pictures in Focus: Lithographs of the Flight into Egypt by Karel Oberthor and Zuzana Oberthorova

I have two small format prints from Czechia to display this week, unique in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. They are color lithograph greeting cards from a father and daughter depicting the Flight into Egypt.  Czech Painter and Printmaker Karel Oberthor offers us a whimsical version of the Holy Family on the road. Joseph holds the flowering staff that…

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Picture in Focus: Flight into Egypt Woodcut by Michael Florian

January 21, 2018

Picture in Focus: Flight into Egypt Woodcut by Michael Florian

In the days leading up to the Season of Lenten, I will be presenting new images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting a Gospel narrative that comes as a postlude to the Nativity stories--the Flight into Egypt. Once a staple of sacred art, this harrowing tale of the Holy Family's escape from the Slaughter of the Innocents by…

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Picture in Focus: Three Wise Men Greeting Card by Irene Delano

January 14, 2018

Picture in Focus: Three Wise Men Greeting Card by Irene Delano

On this freezing first Sunday after Epiphany, we're staying on the balmy island of Puerto Rico to look at another new image of the Wise Men from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. As Matthew 2:12 (KJV) tells us, the Magi "departed into their own country another way," after being warned in a dream not to reveal the whereabouts of…

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Picture in Focus: Feliz Navidad Serigraph by Antonio Maldonado

January 7, 2018

Picture in Focus: Feliz Navidad Serigraph by Antonio Maldonado

The Christmas season draws to a close with the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Three Kings play a prominant role in holiday festivities in the Hispanic world, since gifts are traditionally given on January 6th, El Dia des Reyes (The Day of the Kings). I've selected a new art…

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Picture in Focus: Christmas Tree Trunk Book by Eckart Henzler

December 26, 2017

Picture in Focus: Christmas Tree Trunk Book by Eckart Henzler

 

 

                                              Merry Christmas
                                              Happy New Year!
                                              The Sacred Art Pilgrim

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Picture in Focus: The Visit of the Wise Men by Carl Dixon

December 17, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Visit of the Wise Men by Carl Dixon

With Christmas only a week and a day away, I have a new Nativity-themed piece from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection to display this Sunday, illustrating the second narrative of the Birth of Christ, found in Matthew 2:12, when seekers of wisdom from outside of Palestine find their way to the Holy Family, guided by a special sign in…

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Picture in Focus: "Glory to God in the Highest" by Otto Schubert

December 10, 2017

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As we look at episodes from the Christmas Story in new artworks from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we come this week to the moment in the narrative when the news of the coming of the Messiah goes "viral" and a host of angels announce Christ's birth to shepherds "abiding in the field, keeping watch over…

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Picture in Focus: The Holy Family by Myrtice West

December 3, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Holy Family by Myrtice West

Joseph joins Mary in adoring the new born Christ Child in a new Christmas-themed artwork from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection for the first Sunday in the Season of Advent. This tender image of the Holy Family in acrylic on canvas board is the work of Self-taught Alabama "Visionary" Artist Myrtice West, who believed she received a special calling…

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Picture in Focus: The Birth of Christ by Charalambos Epaminonda

November 26, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Birth of Christ by Charalambos Epaminonda

In my series on new art pieces in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection inspired by episodes in the Christmas story, we come this week to the pivotal moment in the Nativity narrative, when the Virgin Mary "brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7, KJV)."…

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Picture in Focus: No Room at the Inn by Helen Siegl

November 19, 2017

Picture in Focus: No Room at the Inn by Helen Siegl

Modern biblical scholars have cast doubts on the traditional reading of this next episode from the Christmas story, illustrated in a new work from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. Those of us who grew up hearing the King James Version of the Nativity narrative in the second chapter of Luke 2 can recite by heart the passage about the…

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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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