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Picture in Focus: Streams of Living Water by Natalya Rusetska

June 30, 2024

Picture in Focus: Streams of Living Water by Natalya Rusetska

So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.( Psalm 79:13, KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears. (Revelation…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Natalya Rusetska

June 23, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Natalya Rusetska

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Kateryna Shadrina

June 16, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Kateryna Shadrina

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Andriy Vynnychok

June 9, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Andriy Vynnychok

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours,…

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Picture in Focus: Christ the Good Shepherd by Ivan Dashko

June 2, 2024

Picture in Focus: Christ the Good Shepherd by Ivan Dashko

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11, KJV)

Before you head off on a summer search for still waters and green pastures, I've selected art from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection with…

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Picture in Focus: The Virgin of Guadalupe by Juana Ponce

May 26, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Virgin of Guadalupe by Juana Ponce

My series on Marian art for the month of May from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to end this Sunday with a depiction in ceramics of an image of Mary from Mexico that has found particular favor among Roman Catholics around the globe: the Virgin of Guadalupe. According to tradition, the Virgin appeared to the Aztec peasant, Juan…

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Pictures in Focus: Pentecost by Charles Plessard and J. Frederic Loisel

May 19, 2024

Pictures in Focus: Pentecost by Charles Plessard and J. Frederic Loisel

For Pentecost Sunday in this Marian month, I'm featuring artworks of the Virgin Mary and the Disciples at the descent of the Holy Spirit by two 20th century French artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. We see her depicted as the central figure amid Christ's followers at Pentecost in her role as Mother of the Church, a title…

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Picture in Focus: The Protection of the Mother of God by Kateryna Shadrina

May 12, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Protection of the Mother of God by Kateryna Shadrina

May is the month traditionally devoted to the Virgin Mary, and I'll be showcasing Marian-themed pieces in the coming weeks by international artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. As we remember our mothers this Sunday, I have a particularly caring and maternal image of the Mother of Christ to present known as the Madonna of Mercy, where the…

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Picture in Focus: The Harrowing of Hell by Natalya Rusetska

May 1, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Harrowing of Hell by Natalya Rusetska

                                
                                
Christos Anesti!
                                 Alithos Anesti!

                                  Khrystos Vokres!
                                  Voistynu Vokres!

                     Happy Easter to my Eastern Orthodox
                      and Ukrainian Greek Catholic friends!

                                  The Sacred Art Pilgrim

                             

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Post-Resurrection Appearances of Christ: Noli me tangere by Andriy Vynnychok

April 22, 2024

Post-Resurrection Appearances of Christ: Noli me tangere by Andriy Vynnychok

 Mary stood at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked in, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman,…

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Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda: Jesus and Doubting Thomas

April 21, 2024

Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda: Jesus and Doubting Thomas

The first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst...But Thomas, one of the twelve...was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the…

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Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda: The Supper at Emmaus

April 14, 2024

Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda: The Supper at Emmaus

Two of [Jesus’ disciples] went that same day to a village called Emmaus... And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What…

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Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda: The Risen Christ Encounters the Two Marys

April 7, 2024

Post-Resurrection Appearances by Charalambos Epaminonda:  The Risen Christ Encounters the Two Marys

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from…

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Ascension

March 31, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Ascension

                  
               Christ is risen!
             He is risen, indeed!

              HAPPY EASTER

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

March 24, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole
land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed,
and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus,
crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands
I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his…

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Head of Christ

March 17, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Head of Christ

I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know
me,  just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. And
I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not
belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen
to my…

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Mountblow

March 10, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Mountblow

He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing
in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised
and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with
infirmity, and as one from whom others hide their faces, he was
despised, and we held him of no account. Surely…

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Christ/Christ in Agony

March 3, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Christ/Christ in Agony

In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered
them. To you they cried and were saved; in you they trusted
and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not human,
scorned by others and despised by the people. All who see me
mock me; they sneer at me; they shake…

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Jesus is Carrying the Cross

February 25, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Jesus is Carrying the Cross

Then [Jesus] said to them all, “If any wish to come after me, let
them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who
lose their life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit them

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: "What is Truth?"

February 18, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson:

Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say
that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the
world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth
listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

(John 18: 37-38, NRSV)

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Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Study for "Ecce Homo"

February 11, 2024

Christ Portraits by Peter Howson: Study for

When I paint Jesus there are so many different facial expressions I can get. You could paint an infinity, millions, and trillions of pictures of Jesus and every single one will be different. (Peter Howson, When the Apple Ripens, documentary film, 2023)

British Artist Peter Howson has been fascinated by Christ portraiture,…

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Picture in Focus: The Stations of the Cross by Carl Dixon

February 4, 2024

Picture in Focus: The Stations of the Cross by Carl Dixon

Carl Dixon has taken on over forty commissions in the fifteen years he has worked with the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection.  My final new offering from the Mississipi-based self taught artist, on the eve of the season of Lent, posed a particular challenge for him. It is a single mixed media, carved wood…

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Picture in Focus: Thou Shalt Not Kill by Carl Dixon

January 28, 2024

Picture in Focus: Thou Shalt Not Kill by Carl Dixon

Southern Visionary Artist Carl Dixon takes on the contentious issue of gun violence in this week's new mixed media carved wood panel painting from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. The scene at the top of the picture shows Cain slaying his brother, Abel, tracing the murderous intentions of the human heart back to…

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Picture in Focus: Peter's Vision: "Do Not Call Anything Unclean" by Carl Dixon

January 21, 2024

Picture in Focus: Peter's Vision:

This week's new mixed media carved wood panel painting from Southern Folk Artist Carl Dixon illustrates a momentous event in the history of the Early Church, when the Apostle Peter had a vision, directing the first Jewish followers of Christ to welcome Gentiles into their emerging faith community. As recorded in the Book…

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Picture in Focus: "We Shall Overcome" by Carl Dixon

January 14, 2024

Picture in Focus:

In remembrance this week of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I'm presenting a new work by Southern Visionary Artist Carl Dixon, commemorating a pivotal event in the civil rights leader's campaign to end racial discrimination against African-Americans. In Dixon's carved wood panel painting, "We Shall Overcome," he recreates a…

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Picture in Focus: Felicidades 1979 Poster by Isabel Bernal

January 7, 2024

Picture in Focus: Felicidades 1979 Poster by Isabel Bernal

The coming of the Wise Men is celebrated throughout the Hispanic world on January 6th, El Dia des Reyes (The Day of the Kings), a time when gifts are traditionally exchanged. In this 1979 serigraph poster, Puerto Rican Graphic Artist Isabel Bernal shows a young girl, smiling in anticipation of good things to come, as she walks past a…

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Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Jos Speybrouck

December 24, 2023

Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Jos Speybrouck

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Love and Restoration

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, KJV)

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Picture in Focus: The Virgin Mary by Martinus Sumbaji

December 17, 2023

Picture in Focus: The Virgin Mary by Martinus Sumbaji

The Third Sunday of Advent: Joy and Adoration

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior...For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. (Luke 1:46-47, 49-50, KJV)

The reading…

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Picture in Focus: John the Baptist by Lyuba Yatskiv

December 10, 2023

Picture in Focus: John the Baptist by Lyuba Yatskiv

The Second Sunday of Advent: Faith and Preparation

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exhalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough…

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Picture in Focus: A Star in the East by David Wojkowicz

December 3, 2023

Picture in Focus: A Star in the East by David Wojkowicz

First Sunday of Advent: Hope and Expectation

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined... For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:…

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Picture in Focus: St. Roch by Marianna Wisnios

November 26, 2023

Picture in Focus: St. Roch by Marianna Wisnios

The last in my curious quartet of holy men in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is Roch, a 14th century saint who is patron of invalids and the ailing, apothecaries and gravediggers, dogs and dog-lovers, the falsely accused and imprisoned, and bachelors. The son of the governor of the French city of Montpelier, Roch was marked from birth with…

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Picture in Focus: St. Anthony the Matchmaker by Jose Franciso Borges

November 19, 2023

Picture in Focus: St. Anthony the Matchmaker by Jose Franciso Borges

The saint known as Anthony of Padua was born as Fernando to a wealthy Portuguese family in Lisbon. He entered an Augustinian monastery at 15 but was drawn to the evangelical fervor of the Franciscan Order, where his intellectual prowess and rhetorical gifts soon made him one of the new movement’s most eloquent preachers and teachers. The personal sanctity…

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Picture in Focus: St. Isidore the Farmer by Santiago Lorenzo

November 12, 2023

Picture in Focus: St. Isidore the Farmer by Santiago Lorenzo

The story of Isidore the Farmer illustrates how saintliness has not so much to do with martyrdom or feats of self-denial but with honoring God in the workaday world with simple acts of devotion. Born around 1070 to devout Spanish peasants, Isidore lived out his life as a day laboror for a wealthy land-owner with an estate near Madrid.…

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Picture in Focus: St. Longinus by Rania Kuhn

November 5, 2023

Picture in Focus: St. Longinus by Rania Kuhn

The Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion tell of an unnamed Roman Centurion, so moved by what he witnessed at the foot of the Cross he proclaimed the dying Christ to be “the Son of God" (Matthew 27:54).  Later apocryphal narratives identify him as Longinus, a name probably derived from the Greek word for the lance he thrust into the…

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Picture in Focus: An Alphabet of Saints by Marie Romero Cash

October 29, 2023

Picture in Focus: An Alphabet of Saints by Marie Romero Cash

Western Christians celebrate All Saints' Day on November 1st, honoring those holy men and women whose lives of devotion to God and service to humanity have earned them the special regard of the Church.  Looking for images of the saints has not been a goal of mine in collecting contemporary sacred art with the exception, perhaps, of a few…

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In Memoriam: David Nebesky/Wojkowicz (1967-2022)

October 22, 2023

In Memoriam: David Nebesky/Wojkowicz (1967-2022)

My series on Czech artists in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with a tribute to the Prague-based artist, David Nebesky, who, I recently learned, died after a brief illness in the fall of 2022. Working under the pseudonym of David Wojkowicz, he produced new media prints on biblical themes like these digital images…

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Artist in Profile: Jan Hisek

October 15, 2023

Artist in Profile: Jan Hisek

Czech Graphic Artist Jan Hisek occupies a special niche among the East European small format printmakers in my collection. Entering his imaginative world is like voyaging twenty thousand leagues under the sea. In his monochrome mezzotints, biomorphic shapes gleam against backgrounds of black, resembling phosphorescent sea creatures lured out of sunless ocean trenches. They shape-shift into surreal scenes we…

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Artist in Profile: Jaroslav Dajc

October 8, 2023

Artist in Profile: Jaroslav Dajc

Czech Graphic Artist Jaroslav Dajc is the best represented book plate maker in my East European ex libris collection with over fifty small format works in my listings. His fertile imagination comes up with ever new visual interpretations of stories from the Bible and classical mythology in prints both moody and mystical, whimsical and witty. You might find the…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Book Plate Christ Portraits by Ludmila Jirincova and Renata Simlikova

October 1, 2023

Pictures in Focus: Two Book Plate Christ Portraits by Ludmila Jirincova and Renata Simlikova

Czech printmakers are the largest national group in my ex libris collection. With over 30 artists in my listings, I've selected two book plates this week with Christ portraits from two women artists of two different generations working in two different styles. Born in 1912, Ludmila Jirincova is known as "The First Lady of Czech Graphic Art," creating over…

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Artist in Profile: Michel Fingesten (1884-1943)

September 24, 2023

Artist in Profile: Michel Fingesten (1884-1943)

In a week when Jews around the world mark Yom Yippur, the Day of Atonement, my featured artist is Michel Fingesten, a creator of bookplates, born in the Habsburg Empire to a Czech-Jewish father and Italian-Jewish mother, whose life followed the tragic course of East European Jews of his generation. Fingesten studied art in Vienna and traveled the globe…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Book Plates by Jan Konupek and Antonin Kamenik

September 17, 2023

Pictures in Focus: Two Book Plates by Jan Konupek and Antonin Kamenik

Graphic artists from Czechia have long excelled in the arcane art of making owner tags for books. The two most senior ex libris artists in my collection are both Czechs born in the 1880s in the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were most active in the independent Czechoslovakia of the interwar period. Jan Konupek was steeped in turn of the 19th…

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Artist in Profile: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (1894-1980)

September 10, 2023

Artist in Profile: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (1894-1980)

Czech Artist Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova was a contemporary of my featured printmakers, Jaroslav Vodrazka and Bohuslav Reynek, blazing her own trail on the modern art scene as "The First Woman Graphic Novelist." When she was studying art in Paris in the 1920s, she discovered wordless book-making, an art form dating back to the woodblock devotional tracts of the Middle Ages,…

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Picture in Focus: St. Peter and the Fish by Bohuslav Reynek

September 3, 2023

Picture in Focus: St. Peter and the Fish by Bohuslav Reynek

If Bohuslav Reynek had not been a gifted printmaker, he would still be honored by Czechs as one of their most important poets of the modern era. Like Jaroslav Vodrazka, the artist-poet's life was determined by history. A recognized author in his homeland, Reynek settled for a time in France, married a French writer, held his first public art…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Prints by Jaroslav Vodrazka

August 27, 2023

Pictures in Focus: Two Prints by Jaroslav Vodrazka

 Jaroslav Vodrazka belongs to a special "lost generation" of Czech artists who were born under Austro-Hungarian rule, witnessed the break-up of the Empire in World War I, enjoyed national freedom in the interwar period, endured Nazi Occupation in World War II, then, Soviet domination in the post-war years. A few lived to experience the all too brief Prague Spring.…

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Picture in Focus: The Martyr by Jaroslav Vodrazka

August 20, 2023

Picture in Focus: The Martyr by Jaroslav Vodrazka

August 21, 1968 will be remembered as a day of infamy by the Czechs and Slovaks. Fifty-five years ago this week, Warsaw Pact forces led by the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovaka to bring a brutal end to reforms by the country's Communist government during the "Prague Spring" aimed at creating "socialism with a human face." Czech Graphic Artist Jaroslav…

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Picture in Focus: The Sermon on the Mount by Elsie Anna Wood

July 23, 2023

Picture in Focus: The Sermon on the Mount by Elsie Anna Wood

 

              

                The Sacred Art Pilgrim is taking time off to
                "consider the lilies of the field" and will be
                              back on-line in August.

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Picture in Focus: Nativity by Kateryna Shadrina

December 25, 2022

Picture in Focus: Nativity by Kateryna Shadrina

 

                                      Merry Christmas
                                      Happy New Year
                                  Pray for Peace in 2023!

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