Thank you to everyone involved in making the ‘Frida: Inside & Outside’ conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London such a success. It was amazing to hear all the wonderful speakers. I left moved and truly inspired. And of course, it made me miss Mexico more than I do already !
I talked about ex-Votos as sites of inscription and memory. Here is one of my favourites showing an immigrant family praying for protection on their crossing of the Mexico-USA border. Work by Alfredo Vilchis, made in Mexico,2017.
“I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that everywhere, wherever you may be, the least plant may bring to you the clear remembrance of the Creator. If you see the grass of the fields, think of human nature, and remember the comparison of the wise Isaiah. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.” - St Basil the Great
“Images from his childhood summers in Belmar have found their way into Edward Boccia's paintings through the years,” explains a 1999 article by Ashbury Park Press of N.J. “[Boccia] talks about shadows shifting on the Atlantic Ocean, waves smacking against jetties and piers lying wrecked after a storm.”
Boccia describes, "I paint the sea and fish a lot in various compositions, having spent all my young days at the ocean," Boccia said. "If I'd grown up in the woods in Colorado, I'd probably be painting something else."
Edward E. Boccia, Belmar Revisited, 1973, oil on canvas, 7 x 10’. St. Louis University Art Museum. Image courtesy of Rosa JH Berland (@rosalina_la_contessa). #edwardboccia#artisticinfluences#americanartist#20thcenturyartist#contemporarypainter#italianamericanpainter#contemporaryreligiousart
One might recognize a link between American artist Abraham Rattner, whose “Job” is pictured above, and Edward Boccia. In her 2015 Revista Forma article, art historian Rosa Berland (@rosalina_la_contessa) highlights the relationship between the two artists, “Washington University owned a picture by Rattner entitled Job and it is certain that Boccia knew of it, having helped hang the very work in a 1954 exhibition of sacred art at the artist‘s guild. The very mission of that show - to display the marriage of modernity and religious imagery in new work - is a theme integral to Boccia‘s lifetime oeuvre. Both Boccia and Rattner, in divergent styles, sought to physically depict an intangible spiritual conflict.”
Abraham Rattner, Job, 1949, oil on canvas, image courtesy of Sacred Art Pilgrim.
One of the most frequently represented subjects in Western art, the Crucifix has come to symbolize far more than the historical and religion event itself. Here is the modern version by a left brain artist, #melzaid . His magnificent piece addresses human suffering on a universal scale while celebrating the advent of resurrection .. @multispace_studios
Art by Charles Pabst, ‘Pentecost’, from the Rosary Series, series 4 - The Glorious Mysteries, date unknown. Picture 📸 from The Sacred Art Gallery website.
The complete Rosary series by Charles Pabst consists of four different Mysteries series, each showing keypoints in the life of Jesus. They are 1 - The Joyful Mysteries (Annunciation, Nativity etc.), 2 - The Luminous Mysteries (Baptism of Jesus, Eucharist etc.), 3 - The Sorrowful Mysteries (Agony in the Garden, Crucifiction etc.) and 4 - The Glorious Mysteries (Resurrection, Pentecost etc.). They can be ordered complete or seperate and in different card sizes via The Sacred Art Gallery. If you are planning on teaching your (older) children the New Testament, these would be wonderful to illustrate all the different stories. I really like how vibrant and strong they are, with a simplicity that brings a lot of strenght to the images. Recommendable. 🙂
‘In looking at a Charles Pabst painting, one clearly sees the bold brushstrokes, the freshness of color and his sense of wonder that fills each and every canvas, but these are only the outward manifestations of his inner soul. Here is a man of true conviction, devoted to his family and to his faith as well as to his craft.’ Words by Lew Dietch, Editor, ‘Art Book of the New West’.
Art by community project Vie de Jesus Mafa, ‘Pentecost’, Cameroon 1973. Picture 📸 from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, USA.
I really like the way the ‘Vie de Jesus Mafa’ paintings depicts the stories from the bible in a African setting, with an African Jesus. I’ve always felt the depiction of Jesus as an overly devout (skywards rolling eyes), blonde, bearded guy as rather awkward - faith has many faces. 🙂 And by the way, such a beautiful Mary in this painting too!
More information on the beautiful paintings from the Vie de Jesus Mafa project in 1970’s Cameroon, taken from www.lentproject.com: ‘Vie de Jesus Mafa (Life of Jesus Mafa) was an initiative undertaken in the 1970s to help teach the gospel in Northern Cameroon. French Catholic missionary François Vidil worked with Mafa Christian communities in Cameroon to create an enormous catalogue of paintings depicting the life of Jesus as an African man. The plan was to build a resource that would help Mafa people to teach from the bible in a way that connects with their community. The Life of Jesus Mafa took a long time to produce. Vidil formed a team of local church leaders, theologians and a carefully selected artist. The team would spend time in Mafa communities, reading bible passages and getting people to reenact them. Vidil and his team would photograph their reenactments as the artist sketched them. These sketches and photographs became the basis of the final paintings in this collection. What an amazing way to produce art for the sake of mission! The collection includes more than 70 scenes, which covers pretty much every story from all four Gospels.’
Words from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library website: ‘Pentecost was originally an ancient Hebrew time of thanksgiving celebration for the first grain harvest, as recorded in Leviticus.’👇🏼Continued in comments below. 👇🏼