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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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Picture in Focus: Icon of the Annunciation by Ulyana Tomkevych

November 12, 2017

Picture in Focus: Icon of the Annunciation by Ulyana Tomkevych

As we continue our artistic countdown to Christmas, looking at new artworks from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection presenting different episodes in the story of Christ's birth, I have another image to present this week of the Annunciation. It is a tempera on gessoed wood panel painting of the Angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing she will…

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Picture in Focus: Annunciation Ex Libris by Jaroslav Dajc

November 5, 2017

Picture in Focus: Annunciation Ex Libris by Jaroslav Dajc

The Birth of Christ is one of the most important motifs in religious art, depicted by countless artists down the centuries. With many new pieces from the Sacred Art Pilgrim to display on the theme of the Incarnation,  I'm beginning a new series this month, presenting images of different events in the Christmas story by international artists in a…

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Picture in Focus: St. Francis Prayer Plaque by La Semilla de Dios Workshop

October 29, 2017

Picture in Focus: St. Francis Prayer Plaque by La Semilla de Dios Workshop

My series on new images of St. Francis of Assisi in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by folk artists of the Americas comes to an end this week with a wood panel painting made in La Semilla de Dios Workshop in La Palma, El Salvador. This village in the mountainous north of the Central American nation has become identified…

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Picture in Focus. St. Francis Embracing Christ on the Cross Shadow box by Johnny Salas

October 22, 2017

Picture in Focus. St. Francis Embracing Christ on the Cross Shadow box by Johnny Salas

We return to the American Southwest for this week's new Franciscan-themed image from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, a shadow box  by New Mexican Saint-maker Johnny Salas, showing the Saint from Assisi embracing the Crucified Christ. The Albuquerque-based artisan uses this popular folk art form from South of the Border to create highly decorated images, almost 3-D-like in appearance,…

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Picture in Focus: St. Francis by Angelica Lopez

October 8, 2017

Picture in Focus: St. Francis by Angelica Lopez

Franciscan missionaries first brought Christianity to the northern frontiers of Spain's New World Empire at the end of the 16th century, and St. Francis remains a popular subject today for Hispanic folk artists in the American Southwest. This week's new art offering from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, depicting the Saint from Assisi, is the work of Angelica Lopez,…

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Picture in Focus: St. Francis Oil Drum Sculpture by Nicolson Mathieu

October 1, 2017

Picture in Focus: St. Francis Oil Drum Sculpture by Nicolson Mathieu

We celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on the fourth of October. In honor of this much-loved saint, who is especially revered for his love of Creation, I will be offering Franciscan-themed pieces this month from the Sacred Art Collection made by artisans of the Americas, working in both traditional and new folk art forms. My…

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Artist in Profile: Rania Kuhn

September 24, 2017

Artist in Profile: Rania Kuhn

My series on contemporary icons in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with a profile of a woman icon-maker, following the sacred art tradition of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, a faith community formed in the early years of Christianity in Alexandria, which followed a different path from the Byzantine Church after a 5th…

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Artist in Profile: Fikos

September 17, 2017

Artist in Profile: Fikos

As we seek out new icon-makers represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we will stay on this week in Greece to look at the work of a young iconographer you are more likely to find up a ladder with a paint bucket and brush making street art than hunched over a wooden panel in a studio. Whether working…

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Artists in Profile: Eka and Eri Fragiadaki

September 3, 2017

Artists in Profile: Eka and Eri Fragiadaki

In my continuing survey of new icons and iconographers represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, we travel this week into the heart of the Byzantine world to meet mother and daughter icon-makers on the island of Crete. In a workshop in the capital of Heraklion, Eka and Eri Fragiadaki have dedicated themselves to creating quality, hand-crafted holy images…

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Artists in Profile: New Iconography in Lviv

August 29, 2017

Artists in Profile: New Iconography in Lviv

The Sacred Art Pilgrim took to the road this summer in search of a new style of icon-making centered in the West Ukrainian city of Lviv and found examples in plenty at the ICONART Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery in the city's old Armenian Quarter. The new iconographers from this historic crossroads on the border of East and West belong…

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Picture in Focus: Christ in Gethsemane by Adriana Vasile

August 20, 2017

Picture in Focus: Christ in Gethsemane by Adriana Vasile

We normally think of icons as tempera paintings on wood panels specially prepared with glue and plaster. This week's new piece from the contemporary icon holdings of the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection represents another style of icon-making much favored by folk artists in parts of Central and Eastern Europe because of the cost and availability of the material on…

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Picture in Focus: Sacred Heart of Jesus Icon by Jodi Simmons

August 13, 2017

Picture in Focus: Sacred Heart of Jesus Icon by Jodi Simmons

As we continue looking at new icons and iconographers represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, I have a holy image to show this week, which is a good example of the way icons can help to bridge the division between Christians of Eastern and Western faith traditions. In this variation of Christ Ruler of All iconography, Massachusetts-based Artist…

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Picture in Focus: Icon of the Transfiguration by Charalambos Epaminonda

August 6, 2017

Picture in Focus: Icon of the Transfiguration by Charalambos Epaminonda

During the next few weeks, I will be showcasing new icons, iconographers, and schools of icon-making represented in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. Once viewed as the exclusive sacred art form of Eastern Orthodox Christians, icons have now crossed over into other Christian faith communities.  New iconographers with recognizable styles are revitalizing traditional copy-book painting techniques. The Feast of…

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Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Richard Hook

June 25, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Richard Hook

My series on new images of the Good Shepherd from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection draws to a close this week with a reproduction of a drawing on the theme by Bible Illustrator Richard Hook. During the Swinging Sixties, the one time commercial artist had a mandate from the Concordia Publishing House to come up with an image of…

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Picture in Focus: Good Shepherd Mola by an Unknown Kuna Artist

June 18, 2017

Picture in Focus: Good Shepherd Mola by an Unknown Kuna Artist

There are few great biblical narratives and symbols of the Christian faith that have not found there way into the embroidery of the Kuna People of the San Blas Archipelago off Panama's Caribbean coast and this month's theme of the Good Shepherd is no exception. The unknown artist of this new reverse applique stitched mola cloth panel in the…

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Picture in Focus: The Black Sheep by Max Hunziker

June 11, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Black Sheep by Max Hunziker

This week's new image of the Good Shepherd from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is the work of Swiss Graphic Artist Max Hunziker, who has been described as a "Christian Surrealist" for the way he reveals symbolic meanings through unexpected combinations of images. The new color lithograph joins one already in the gallery of the more >>

Pictures in Focus: Two Ex Libris of the Good Shepherd by Czech Artists

June 4, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Two Ex Libris of the Good Shepherd by Czech Artists

During the month of June, when we all long to head off in search green pastures and still waters, I will be featuring new artworks from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection on the much-loved theme of the Good Shepherd. My first two offerings are the work of Czech Graphic Artists, specializing in book plates and small format prints. Zuzana…

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Picture in Focus: The Virgin of Guadalupe by Lydia Garcia

May 28, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Virgin of Guadalupe by Lydia Garcia

My series on Marian images in May from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with another painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe; this time, from the American Southwest. On a recent trip to New Mexico in search of new works from the region's saint-makers, I travelled to Ranchos de Taos to see if Lydia…

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

May 21, 2017

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

As we continue to celebrate Mary in May, I have two new portraits of the Virgin from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, which present her as she is seen in a miraculous image given to the Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, in an apparition on December 1531 in Guadalupe, Mexico. The pair of acrylic paintings of this beloved Mexican icon…

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Picture in Focus: Holy Mary Mola by Unknown Kuna Artist

May 14, 2017

Picture in Focus: Holy Mary Mola by Unknown Kuna Artist

For my Marian images in May series, we return once again this month to the San Blas Archipelago off Panama's Caribbean coast, where an unknown embroiderer of the Kuna People created a reverse applique stitched image of the Virgin Mary, recently added to the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. In an oval titled, HOLY MARY OUR MOTHER, we see a…

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Pictures in Focus: Two East European Ex Libris of the Virgin of Tenderness

May 7, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Two East European Ex Libris of the Virgin of Tenderness

One of the most venerated icons in the Eastern Orthodox Church is the image of the Virgin of Tenderness, where the Baby Jesus wraps his arm around the neck of the Virgin Mary and rests his cheek against hers. I have two book plate prints on this theme to present this week in my continuing series on new Marian…

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Picture in Focus: Madonna and Child (After Giotto) by Carl Dixon

April 30, 2017

Picture in Focus: Madonna and Child (After Giotto) by Carl Dixon

Mississippi Visionary Artist Carl Dixon created another new image for the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, on display this week in his profile page, which takes us into May, a month traditionally devoted to the Virgin Mary. Dixon found inspiration for this mixed media carved wood panel portrait of Mary and the Baby Jesus…

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Picture in Focus: The Walk of Faith by Carl Dixon

April 23, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Walk of Faith by Carl Dixon

For the first Sunday after Easter, I'm presenting a new piece from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by American Visionary Artist Carl Dixon. This Mississippi-based wood carver and painter has long been a fellow-traveller on my pilgrim journey and recently finished this mixed media panel for me on The Walk of Faith. In this contemporary version of the classic…

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Picture in Focus: Easter Sunday Cross by Unknown Salvadoran Artist

April 16, 2017

Picture in Focus: Easter Sunday Cross by Unknown Salvadoran Artist

 

                          Christ is Risen!
                         
HAPPY EASTER
                      The Sacred Art Pilgrim

 

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Picture in Focus: St. Catherine of Siena at the Feet of Christ by Jodi Simmons

April 9, 2017

Picture in Focus: St. Catherine of Siena at the Feet of Christ by Jodi Simmons

As we enter Holy Week and my series on new images of the Crucifixion from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end, I've selected a different kind of depiction of the Crucified Christ by Massachusetts Icon-maker Jodi Simmons to inspire meditations on the mysteries of his Passion. Simmons presents the 14th Century Mystic St. Catherine of Siena…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Molas of the Crucifixion by Unknown Kuna Artists

April 2, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Two Molas of the Crucifixion by Unknown Kuna Artists

Our destination this week is the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean Coast of Panama, where unknown textile artists from the indigenous Kuna people created two reverse applique stitched images of the Crucifixion, recently acquired by the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. These multi-layered, cut-out, and embroidered cloth panels, known as molas, were originally made to decorate blouses. They could…

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Picture in Focus: The Crucifixion III by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

March 26, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Crucifixion III by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

We make a return visit to the studio of Visionary Outsider Artist Rudolph Valentic Bostic in Savannah, Georgia, for this week's new Lenten image of Christ on the Cross from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. This mixed media painting on recycled cardboard joins two other studies of the Crucifixion in the image gallery of the more >>

Picture in Focus: Pax of Ariberto Molded Glass Crucifix by Giovanni Reno

March 19, 2017

Picture in Focus: Pax of Ariberto Molded Glass Crucifix by Giovanni Reno

This week's featured Lenten image of Christ on the Cross from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection has an interesting provenance. It may be a new addition to my collection, but it was actually purchased from an Italian craftsman in the San Polo district of Venice on a trip to Italy I made many years before I became a serious…

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Pictures in Focus: Two Peruvian Arpilleras of the Lord of Miracles Procession by Unknown Artists

March 12, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Two Peruvian Arpilleras of the Lord of Miracles Procession by Unknown Artists

Our Lenten series on new images of Christ on the Cross from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection takes us this week to Peru, where unknown textile artists have created two arpillera embroidered cloth panels, showing the yearly Procession of the Lord of the Miracles, when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims join together every October to carry a wonder-working Crucifixion…

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Picture in Focus: Crucifixion Scene by Paul-Emile Colin

March 5, 2017

Picture in Focus: Crucifixion Scene by Paul-Emile Colin

French Book Illustrator Paul-Emile Colin created this week's unusual Crucifixion scene, recently added to the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. The small format wood engraving first appeared in a 1925 edition of the collected works of the French Author and Nobel Laureate Anatole France, accompanying the text of his utopian novel, Sur la pierre blanche (On the White Stone). In…

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Picture in Focus: Crucifixion with Spear and Sponge by Bohuslav Reynek

February 26, 2017

Picture in Focus: Crucifixion with Spear and Sponge by Bohuslav Reynek

Ash Wednesday falls this year on March 1. In the weeks leading up to Easter, I will be featuring new images of Christ on the Cross from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by international artists in a variety of media. My first selection in this Lenten art series is a small format drypoint by Czech Artist and Poet Bohuslav…

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Pictures in Focus: Three Images of the Return of the Prodigal Son by Michael Vargas

February 22, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Three Images of the Return of the Prodigal Son by Michael Vargas

We travel from Santa Fe to Taos, New Mexico, for the last new works I have to display that were commissioned for the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection on the theme of The Return of the Prodigal Son. Saint-maker Michael Vargas actually came up with three variations on the original Rembrandt painting in different styles and media now on view…

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Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Marie Romero Cash

February 12, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Marie Romero Cash

New Mexican Saint-maker Marie Romero Cash created this week's new artwork, inspired by Rembrandt's painting of The Return of the Prodigal Son, for the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. The two figure study in-the-round is carved from wood, covered in a layer of gesso, and painted in water-based pigments in the traditional style of the bulto sculptures of the American…

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Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son (After Rembrandt) by Carl Dixon

February 5, 2017

Picture in Focus: The Return of the Prodigal Son (After Rembrandt) by Carl Dixon

As a collector of contemporary sacred art, I not only purchase finished works but also commission new pieces directly from artists to encourage them to explore religious themes. In the weeks leading up to the Lenten season, I will be featuring five such pieces in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by three artists who took on the challenge of…

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Artists in Profile: Puerto Rican Serigraphs

January 29, 2017

Artists in Profile: Puerto Rican Serigraphs

My post-Epiphany survey of new images of the Magi in the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection comes to an end this week with the addition of a new artistic genre to the Schools of Sacred Art listings where the Three Wise Men are a popular theme: Puerto Rican Serigraphs. The development of this form of print-making on the U.S.-controlled Caribbean…

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Picture in Focus: Color Lithograph of the Adoration of the Magi by Karel Oberthor

January 22, 2017

Picture in Focus: Color Lithograph of the Adoration of the Magi by Karel Oberthor

We return to Eastern Europe for this week's new image of the Adoration of the Magi from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection, a color lithograph from Czech Graphic Artist Karel Oberthor, created as a greeting card for the 1981 holiday season. A gifted cartoonist, Oberthor loved horses and the circus. All this is in evidence in his charming depiction…

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Picture in Focus: Leather Painting of the Three Kings by Unknown Ethiopian Artist

January 15, 2017

Picture in Focus: Leather Painting of the Three Kings by Unknown Ethiopian Artist

This week's visual homage to the Three Kings from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is a painting on leather from an unknown Ethiopian artisan. The new image replicates a piece already on view in the gallery of the Ethiopian Icons page in the Schools of Sacred Art section and offers interesting incites on…

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Pictures in Focus: Three Linocuts of the Adoration of the Magi by Ladislav Rusek

January 8, 2017

Pictures in Focus: Three Linocuts of the Adoration of the Magi by Ladislav Rusek

Today is Epiphany Sunday, celebrating the coming of the Three Kings to worship the Christ Child. During the month of January, I will be presenting new works from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection by international artists in a variety of media depicting this popular theme of sacred art. This week's art offering is a trio of small-sized linocut prints…

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Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Jaroslav Vodrazka

December 25, 2016

Picture in Focus: The Nativity by Jaroslav Vodrazka

                  

                   
                   Merry Christmas
                   Happy New Year

                 The Sacred Art Pilgrim

 

 

                  

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Minimalist Nativity Set by Sebastian Bergne

December 18, 2016

Minimalist Nativity Set by Sebastian Bergne

And now for something completely different in Nativity sets. British Industrial Designer Sebastian Bergne created this week's new manger scene from the Sacred Art Pilgrimage creche collection in a functional, minimalist style. The viewer decides just who is who at the Bethlehem manger in terms of the shape, color and placement of painted beech wood blocks, drawing on what…

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Picture in Focus: Quechua Nativity Retablo by Claudio Jimenez Quispe and Family

December 11, 2016

Picture in Focus: Quechua Nativity Retablo by Claudio Jimenez Quispe and Family

As we continue our global survey of new Nativity sets and scenes in the Sacred Art Pilgrim creche collection, we stop off this week at the workshop of Peruvian Folk Artist Claudio Jimenez Quispe, who handcrafts manger scenes in retablos, wooden boxes with doors that open to reveal story-telling arrangements of figurines. Jimenez Quispe and his family belong to…

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Picture in Focus: Russian Nesting Doll Nativity Set by Alexander Soshin

December 4, 2016

Picture in Focus: Russian Nesting Doll Nativity Set by Alexander Soshin

Russia is famed around the world for its nesting dolls. Not so many people are aware of the fact that in the post-Communist era these dolls within dolls, which traditionally depicted peasant women in fancy folk dress, sometimes display Nativity scenes.  Called Matryoski in their homeland (a variant of the popular peasant name, “Matryona,” with connotations of The Little…

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Picture in Focus: Varanasi Nativity Set by Unknown Indian Artist

November 27, 2016

Picture in Focus: Varanasi Nativity Set by Unknown Indian Artist

Our survey of new Nativity sets in the Sacred Art Pilgrim creche collection takes us this week to Varanasi (also known as Benares) in North India, the holiest of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities. Local artisans hand craft Christian Nativity scenes in the same style as  the brightly-colored wooden toy figures of Hindu gods and goddesses, birds, and animals, purchased…

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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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