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Picture in Focus: Woman of Canaan by Sadao Watanabe

May 31, 2020

Picture in Focus: Woman of Canaan by Sadao Watanabe

We turn this week to an image of Jesus the healer from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, illustrating a miracle story in two of the Synoptic Gospels, which has long perplexed New Testament scholars, where Christ is rudely dismissive of a non-Jewish woman who appeals to him to exorcise her demon-possessed daughter. The writer of Mark describes her as…

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Picture in Focus: The Possessed by Fritz Eichenberg

May 24, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Possessed by Fritz Eichenberg

Next in our series on images of Jesus the Healer in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a wood engraving  from German-American Graphic Artist Fritz Eichenberg, depicting one of the most dramatic stories in the Gospels, when Jesus exorcises a legion of evil spirits from a demon-possessed man and casts them into a herd of swine, which throw themselves…

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Picture in Focus: Christ Among the Lepers by Edward Knippers

May 17, 2020

Picture in Focus: Christ Among the Lepers by Edward Knippers

The Gospels record two occasions when Jesus healed people suffering from leprosy.  Jesus cures a lone leper with his touch in violation of Jewish laws about contact with the "unclean." Ten lepers call out to him and he heals them with an authoritative command. In this week's featured work on the theme of Jesus the Healer, American Artist Edward…

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Picture in Focus: The Hem of His Garment by Earl Stetson Crawford

May 10, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Hem of His Garment by Earl Stetson Crawford

This week's image of Jesus the Healer from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection illustrates one of the more intriguing accounts of his ministry of restoration, found in all three of the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus is making his way through a crowd to bring life to the daughter of Jairus, when he comes to a sudden halt. He senses "power…

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Picture in Focus: "Jesus, Son of David, Have Mercy on Me" by Jos Speybrouck

May 3, 2020

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As we continue our series on works from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting the healing ministry of Jesus, my selection for this week is a chromolithograph from Belgian Artist Jos Speybrouck of Christ restoring sight to blind Bartimaeus, recorded in Mark 10:46-52. This is one of four accounts in the Gospels where Jesus helped the blind to see…

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Picture in Focus: Mark 1:33: "And the Whole Town Was Gathered..." by Arthur Ernst Becher

April 29, 2020

Picture in Focus: Mark 1:33:

For the next few weeks, I will be presenting images, new and old, from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection of Jesus the Healer. This theme was inspired by a recent photograph of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro lit up to look like a doctor in blue scrubs and white…

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Picture in Focus: The Resurrection by Rania Kuhn

April 12, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Resurrection by Rania Kuhn

 

                        Christ is risen!
                        He is risen, indeed!

                        HAPPY EASTER

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Picture in Focus: The Crucifixion by Marianna Wisnios

April 5, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Crucifixion by Marianna Wisnios

Website visitors staying home during Holy Week might want to return to the first image I brought on-line for the Lenten season on February 23 of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem by Cypriot Iconographer Charalambos Epaminonda and follow Christ's journey to Calvary in subsequent postings, concluding with this new artwork of the Crucifixion for Good Friday by Polish Folk…

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Picture in Focus: Untitled (Instruments of the Passion) by Maurice Morel

March 29, 2020

Picture in Focus: Untitled (Instruments of the Passion) by Maurice Morel

As we move through the Lenten season, drawing closer to Good Friday, I have selected a new image this week  from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, which is a contemporary variation on a traditional motif of Passion imagery known as Arma Christi (the Weapons of Christ), especially popular in the Middle Ages, depicting the various instruments used to crucify…

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Picture in Focus: Veronica Wipes the Face of Christ by an Unknown Ethiopian Artist

March 22, 2020

Picture in Focus: Veronica Wipes the Face of Christ by an Unknown Ethiopian Artist

This Lenten season has taken on a different meaning for all of us who have withdrawn from our normal activities until the threat of the current viral pandemic has passed. This imposed quiet time offers the opportunity to enter more deeply into the mysteries of the Passion of Christ, perhaps, by focusing on works of art. We follow Jesus…

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Picture in Focus: Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death by Ivanka Demchuk

March 15, 2020

Picture in Focus: Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death by Ivanka Demchuk

As we follow Christ along his way of sorrow this season of Lent, we come this week to his sentencing to death, depicted in this icon by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Artist Ivanka Demchuk.  She belows to a circle of young West Ukrainian sacred art-makers, profiled in the New Iconography of Lviv page in…

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Picture in Focus: The Agony in the Garden by Otto Dix

March 8, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Agony in the Garden by Otto Dix

As we follow Christ through the events of his Passion, we journey this week from the Upper Room and the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he awaits arrest. This lithograph of the Agony in the Garden, a new addition to the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, is the work of German Artist Otto Dix, an eloquent,…

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Picture in Focus: The Last Supper by Andrzej Buchaniec

March 1, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Last Supper by Andrzej Buchaniec

As we follow Christ through the events of his Passion this Lenten season, I have chosen a new work from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection this week showing the Last Supper, a small format print by Polish Graphic Artist Andrzej Buchaniec now on view in the gallery of the East European Ex Libris…

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Picture in Focus: The Triumphal Entry by Charalambos Epaminonda

February 23, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Triumphal Entry by Charalambos Epaminonda

The Lenten season begins this Wednesday. In the weeks leading up to Easter, I will be presenting new pieces from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, depicting key events from the Gospel narratives of the Passion of Christ, beginning with an acrylic on wood panel painting of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem from Cypriot Iconographer more >>

Picture in Focus: The Book of Psalms by Sandra Bowden

February 16, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Book of Psalms by Sandra Bowden

The week's new addition to the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is an unusual three-dimensional piece from Massachusetts-based "Word" Artist Sandra Bowden, whose works often explore the visual aspects of the language of sacred texts. In creating The Book of Psalms, Bowden used an open book as her working surface, covering it with raised lettering suggestive of Hebrew script.…

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Picture in Focus: Stained Glass with Three Suns by Alfred Manessier

February 9, 2020

Picture in Focus: Stained Glass with Three Suns by Alfred Manessier

French Modernist Alfred Manessier was a master of free-form abstract compositions, represented in the gallery of his profile page in the Sacred Artists section by suites of color lithographs on Easter themes from 1949 and 1978 and Les Cantiques Spirituels of Spanish Mystic St. John of the Cross. This week's new addition to…

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Picture in Focus: The Hill of Miracles by Jose Francisco Borges

February 2, 2020

Picture in Focus: The Hill of Miracles by Jose Francisco Borges

This week's featured new artwork in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a large format print from Brazilian Folk Artist Jose Francisco Borges that I have long admired but only recently acquired, offering another whimsical glimpse into the grassroots faith of the hardy residents of Borge's home in the sertao region of Northeastern Brazil, an arid outback famed…

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

January 26, 2020

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January is the month when Americans remember the life and work of Martin Luther King. I recently aquired this week's featured image of the civil rights leader from Mississippi Outsider Artist Carl Dixon for a church exhibition with artworks from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection on the theme, Voices in the Wilderness: Prophets Old and New in Contemporary Sacred…

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

January 19, 2020

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

New artworks continued to find their way to the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection during the past year, when I devoted my weekly What's New section to highlights of my first ten years of art-gathering, so, I am pleased to launch my 2020 on-line art listings with an eclectic sample of these new pieces, different in style and mediums, which…

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Week Fifty-Two: Urban Nativity by Wayne Forte

December 29, 2019

Week Fifty-Two: Urban Nativity by Wayne Forte

Filipino-American Artist Wayne Forte created this last image in my tenth anniversary overview of highlights of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection for the Advent art exhibition, O, Come All Ye Faithful, transposing the manger scene from Bethlehem to the mean streets of a modern American city, where sanitation workers stand in for the…

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Week Fifty-One: The Manger Scene by John Mosiman

December 22, 2019

Week Fifty-One: The Manger Scene by John Mosiman

As my year-long, 10th anniversary overview of highlights from the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection draws to a close, I've selected a Christmas-themed piece, recalling a genre of public religious art I remember well from my years growing up in a conversative Protestant faith community: the chalk art ministry. This serigraph of a silhouetted manger scene in shades of…

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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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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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