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Picture in Focus: Jasna Gora Poster by Ryszard Kaja

May 22, 2022

Picture in Focus: Jasna Gora Poster by Ryszard Kaja

In our series on images of the Virgin Mary by Polish Artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we turn this week to a minimally modern Mary and Baby Jesus on a travel poster from Graphic Artist Ryszard Kaja, celebrating the Jasna Gora (Bright Mountain) Monastery in Czestochowa, where millions of pilgrims come each year to view the painting…

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Picture in Focus: The Blessed Virgin and the Angels by Marianna Wisnios

May 15, 2022

Picture in Focus: The Blessed Virgin and the Angels by Marianna Wisnios

May is a time to remember the Virgin Mary, and what better place to find Marian-themed works of art than in Poland, where devotion to the Mother of Christ is especially fervent. For the next three weeks, I will be featuring new works by Polish artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting the Virgin Mary in a variety…

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Artists in Profile: New Iconography of Lviv I & II

May 6, 2022

Artists in Profile: New Iconography of Lviv I & II

During the weeks when I have been posting images of the Passion of Christ by Ukrainian artists, I had the chance to revise and expand the New Iconography of Lviv page in the Schools of Sacred Art section. This week, the listing returns on-line as two entries. The first page will focus, as before, on the many women artists…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (After the Resurrection): The Road to Emmaus by Khrystyna Kvyk

May 1, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (After the Resurrection): The Road to Emmaus by Khrystyna Kvyk

Two of [the disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him...more >>

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Easter): Christ Ruler of All by Lyuba Yatskiv

April 17, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Easter): Christ Ruler of All by Lyuba Yatskiv

                  Khrystos voskres!
                  Voistynu voskres!
                                                            
                     
Christ is risen!
                  He is risen, indeed.
               
        

 

 

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Holy Week): Green Crucifixion by Natalya Rusetska

April 10, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Holy Week): Green Crucifixion by Natalya Rusetska

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself. more >>

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent V): Pieta by Khrystyna Yatsyniak

April 1, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent V): Pieta by Khrystyna Yatsyniak

[The Prophet] Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34-35,…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent IV): Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death by Ivanka Demchuk

March 25, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent IV): Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death by Ivanka Demchuk

Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? ...Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent III): Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane by Kateryna Shadrina

March 18, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent III): Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane by Kateryna Shadrina

And [Jesus] came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent II): Christ the Grapevine by Ulyana Tomkevych

March 11, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent II): Christ the Grapevine by Ulyana Tomkevych

The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent I): The Triumphal Entry by Kateryna Kuziv

March 3, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine (Lent I): The Triumphal Entry by Kateryna Kuziv

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9, KJV)

We begin our Lenten series on artworks from Ukraine illustrating key moments in the Passion of Christ with…

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Pray for the Peace of Ukraine: Suffering Mother Ukraine by Unknown Ukrainian Artist

February 24, 2022

Pray for the Peace of Ukraine: Suffering Mother Ukraine by Unknown Ukrainian Artist

As a longtime collector of contemporary religious artworks, I have been watching with great interest as a new school of iconography has emerged among Ukrainian Greek Catholic artists, fostered and promoted by the ICONART Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery in the city of Lviv in West Ukraine. This talented group of young men and women are at the forefront of…

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Picture in Focus: Acts of Mercy by Carl Dixon

February 20, 2022

Picture in Focus: Acts of Mercy by Carl Dixon

In this week's featured carved wood panel painting from Carl Dixon, the Mississippi Folk Artist offers illustrations of the six acts of mercy that touch the heart of God and merit eternal life in the Last Judgment narrative found in Matthew 25:31-46. As Christ returns in glory with a retinue of angels to usher in the end…

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Picture in Focus: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus by Carl Dixon

February 13, 2022

Picture in Focus: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus by Carl Dixon

We look this week at Carl Dixon's depiction of one of Christ's clearest messages about our responsibility for others in need--the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. The Mississippi outsider artist adds typical touches of humor to his mixed media, carved wood panel painting of this Gospel tale of a great reversal, where a wealthly…

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Picture in Focus: "The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness" by Carl Dixon

February 6, 2022

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Mississippi Folk Artist Carl Dixon takes a look at modern-day churches in this week's featured artwork, based on the well-known biblical passage in Isaiah 40:3 about the "voice crying in the wilderness" to "prepare the way of the Lord." The "wilderness" in Dixon's sculpted wood panel piece is a typical Ameican church, filled for Sunday worship, and the "voice…

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Picture in Focus: "I Can't Breathe" by Carl Dixon

January 30, 2022

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As we see in this week's featured artwork, "I Can't Breathe," Mississippi Folk Artist Carl Dixon seeks to create images putting today's headlines in a biblical perspective. In this mixed media painting on carved wood panel, he interpretes in three different ways the last words of George Floyd, depicted to the left dying from suffocation when a law enforcement…

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Picture in Focus: Exodus: Journeys of Liberation

January 23, 2022

Picture in Focus: Exodus: Journeys of Liberation

Martin Luther King Jr. appears again in this week's featured artwork from Mississippi Folk Artist Carl Dixon alongside Barak Obama and Rosa Parks in homage to their roles in advancing the civil rights of African Americans in a work commissioned from Dixon in 2018 for a Lenten exhibition on the theme, Exodus: Journeys of Liberation. The three-part painting on…

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Picture in Focus: "I Have a Dream" by Carl Dixon

January 16, 2022

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

In a week when Americans pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., I'm reposting a painting by Carl Dixon of…

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Picture in focus: The Gadarene Swine by Carl Dixon

January 9, 2022

Picture in focus: The Gadarene Swine by Carl Dixon

The unclean spirits came out [of the demoniac] and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea...Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac…

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Picture in Focus: The Sacred Art Pilgrim by Brian Whelan

December 25, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Sacred Art Pilgrim by Brian Whelan

                                

                                God our pilgrimage impels,
                                 To cross sea-waste or scale life-fells;
                                 A further shore,
                                One hill brow more,
                                Draws on the feet, or arm-plied oars,
                                As  the…

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Picture in Focus: Coucher de soleil from Stella Vespertina by Georges Rouault

December 18, 2021

Picture in Focus: Coucher de soleil from Stella Vespertina by Georges Rouault

Georges Rouault reflected on his life as an artist in a preface, composed in the style of Pascal's Pensees, to Stella Vespertina, a portfolio of 12 heliogravures of original gouache and oil sketches published in 1947. As always, Rouault pushed the limits of the printing process by mixing techniques to enhance the quality…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Aquatints from Avec Pascal by Georges Rouaul

December 12, 2021

Pictures in Focus: Two Aquatints from Avec Pascal by Georges Rouaul

Georges Rouault believed we lived our lives in "an anguised world of shadows and pretences," and the greatness of humanity in its fallen state came by emulating Christ in the acceptance of redemptive suffering. This religious world view was shaped by the writings of the 17th Century French Philosopher Blaise Pascal. Rouault kept a copy of Pascal's Pensees alongside…

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Pictures in Focus: Three Color Aquatints from Passion by Georges Rouaul

December 5, 2021

Pictures in Focus: Three Color Aquatints from Passion by Georges Rouaul

In our year end celebration of the life and work of French Artist Georges Rouault, we are showcasing a trio of color aquatints this week from Passion, a sacred-themed print suite Rouault created for Art Impresario Ambroise Vollard in collaboration with Poet Andre Suares, published in 1939. Rouault provided 99 illustrations--17 color aquatints and 82 wood engravings cut from…

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Picture in Focus: Prints from Miserere by Georges Rouault

November 28, 2021

Picture in Focus: Prints from Miserere by Georges Rouault

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I will be showcasing new works in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by Georges Rouault, who we remember this year on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The French artist holds a very special place in my own art history. In acquiring his oil painting of…

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Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Brian Whelan

November 21, 2021

Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Brian Whelan

Then [the Rich Man] said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send [Lazarus] to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the…

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Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Fikos

November 14, 2021

Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Fikos

 [The Rich Man] cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things,…

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Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Wayne Forte

November 7, 2021

Picture in Focus: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Wayne Forte

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich…

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Picture in Focus: The Day Laborers by James Janknegt

October 31, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Day Laborers by James Janknegt

[The goodman of the house] answered one of [the complaining workers], and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not…

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Picture in Focus: Labor Negotiations by Kreg Yingst

October 24, 2021

Picture in Focus: Labor Negotiations by Kreg Yingst

 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when…

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Picture in Focus: The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

October 17, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Ed Knippers

October 10, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Ed Knippers

[The Samaritan] went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Frances Watt

October 3, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Frances Watt

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Jaroslav Vodrazka

September 26, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Good Samaritan by Jaroslav Vodrazka

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted [Jesus], saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they…

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Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Sergey Kirnitskly

September 19, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Sergey Kirnitskly

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in they sight, and am no more worthy to be…

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Picture in Focus: The Prodigal Son by Frank Brangwyn

September 12, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Prodigal Son by Frank Brangwyn

And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in the land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine…

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Picture in Focus: The Prodigal Son by Ulyana Tomkevych

September 5, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Prodigal Son by Ulyana Tomkevych

A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance…

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Artist in Profile: Kreg Yingst

August 29, 2021

Artist in Profile: Kreg Yingst

Kreg Yingst joins my listings this week as a printmaker of parables. The Florida-based graphic artist has a special interest in imagery that tells a story, taking inspiration from the 20th century creators of wordless woodcut novels like Belgian Artist Frans Masereel. The Gospel narratives of Jesus have been a rich source of material for Yingst, who worked on…

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Artist in Profile: James Janknegt

August 22, 2021

Artist in Profile: James Janknegt

This Sunday marks the launch of a new series, Picturing the Parables,  looking at artworks in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection devoted to the illustrative stories of Jesus in the Gospels, which will take us into the season of Advent. We begin with a profile of Texas-based Artist James Janknegt, who worked for over fifteen years creating 40 contemporary…

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Picture in Focus: Dame a la huppe by Georges Rouault

August 15, 2021

Picture in Focus: Dame a la huppe by Georges Rouault

To complete my brief survey of the contemporary religious art of France, I'm showcasing a recent acquisition of special importance for the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by Georges Rouault, the unrivalled master of French contemporary sacred art. The color aquatint of an elegent woman of sorrowful features in profile is the missing print needed to complete a suite in…

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Artist in Profile: Michel Ciry (1919-2018)

August 8, 2021

Artist in Profile: Michel Ciry (1919-2018)

Michel Ciry has been described as an artist of solitude, whose figures seem to be lone actors on a stage empty of all but essential props. This final figure in my quartet of French sacred artists certainly stands alone among his contemporaries in devoting most of his work to religious themes. He also chose to live in self-imposed exile…

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Artist in Profile: Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)

August 1, 2021

Artist in Profile: Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)

Bernard Buffet is best known these days for affordable prints of morose clowns and spindly flowers, signed with his trademark spidery scrawl, but there was a time when he was considered one of the leading lights of post war French art, nipping at the heels of Picasso. His paintings of gauntly elongated, angular figures in minimal settings captured the…

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Artiist in Profile: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

July 25, 2021

Artiist in Profile: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

In my survey of sacred artists of the modern era from France, newly added to the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we turn this week to Jean Cocteau, the multi-talented enfant terrible of 20th century French culture. Best known as the director of the 1946 visionary film version of Beauty and the Beast, Cocteau made his mark in an extraordinary…

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Artist in Profile: Max Jacob (1876-1944)

July 18, 2021

Artist in Profile: Max Jacob (1876-1944)

As France celebrates its national holiday on Bastille Day, I am beginning a new series celebrating the French contribution to contemporary sacred art, beginning this week with the first of four portraits of French artists with a significant body of religious work who are joining my on-line Collection. Max Jacob is best known as the poet who revolutionized modern…

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In Memoriam: Rudolph Valentino Bostic (1941-2021)

July 11, 2021

In Memoriam: Rudolph Valentino Bostic (1941-2021)

Rudy Bostic, who died in June two months short of his 80th birthday, was one of a small group of artists in the Collection, whom I count as a friend. I remember well helping him one warm summer day to organize dozens of painted cardboard panels, gathering dust in the attic of his…

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Picture in Focus: Peaceable Kingdom by Carl Dixon

July 4, 2021

Picture in Focus: Peaceable Kingdom by Carl Dixon

The cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the…

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Picture in Focus: Isaiah 11 by Fritz Eichenberg

June 27, 2021

Picture in Focus: Isaiah 11 by Fritz Eichenberg

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.(Isaiah 11: 6, KJV)
Humanity has long dreamed of a paradise lost that we hope will be regained. The Eleventh Chapter of Isaiah foresees…

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Picture in Focus: The Temptation of Adam and Eve by Johnny Salas

June 20, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Temptation of Adam and Eve by Johnny Salas

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.And the eyes of them both were opened, and…

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Picture in Focus: Two Blessed by Frank Humphrey Allen

June 13, 2021

Picture in Focus: Two Blessed by Frank Humphrey Allen

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: (Genesis 1: 27-28, KJV)
In this charming acrylic on panel painting in a naive style, British…

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Picture in Focus: The Garden of Eden by Eleodora Salvatierra

June 6, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Garden of Eden by Eleodora Salvatierra

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25, KJV)
As we enter the summer season, hoping to put the pandemic behind us, I'll be presenting new art pieces from the Sacred…

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Picture in Focus: The Virgin Mary, Jesus, and John the Baptist by Frank Humphrey Allen

May 30, 2021

Picture in Focus: The Virgin Mary, Jesus, and John the Baptist by Frank Humphrey Allen

He hath helped his servant Israel,
In remembrance of his mercy;
 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham,
And to his seed for ever.
(Luke 1:53-55, KJV)

This concluding passage from the Magnificat presents the Virgin Mary's role as mother of the Christ Child as the culmination of God's plan to redeem the…

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