Old St. Martin’s Church in Venice, Italy
This watercolor is a copy from an ad in “American Art Review” magazine. I don’t know who did the original oil painting in the 19th century, but when I locate the information I will post it. My copy is about 10 x 12 and took approximately 40 enjoyable hours to complete.
This is St. Agnes, a martyr at approximately age 13. She was a beautiful Roman girl who refused numerous offers of marriage, having promised herself to Christ alone. Not being swayed by many gifts, including offers from the governor and his son, she was beheaded in 304. Even the pagan Romans decried the disgrace of publicly executing one so young and attractive. She is extolled in the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran traditions.
To honor her, this lovely face was sculpted by Alfred Drury, in England, in 1894.
It is actually not a bronze, but made of plaster with a bronzed and burnished patina expertly applied.
Drawing done at the DIA, charcoal and pastel, in about 4 hours.
The long-suffering Penelope, life-size in marble by American sculptor, Franklin Simmons, 1903. This drawing took 45 – 50 hours.
This charcoal and pastel drawing is of a wood sculpture at the DIA from 15th century Germany. The sculpture is finished on three sides and doubtless was installed against a wall or column of a church. The 4th century Roman martyr Catherine was beheaded. She is shown holding a sword, the instrument of her death. Martyrs are often depicted with the tools of their martyrdom – to remind us of their sacrifice, and to show the means of their deliverance from this worldly existence into the endless glories of eternal life with God.