07 works, Today, August 4th, is Brother William Horne’s day, his story thru art #216

Vincenzo Carducci (1576–1638) (1)
Vincenzo Carducci (1576–1638)
The Martyrdom of Fathers John Rochester and James Walworth, after 1626
Oil on canvas
337.5 × 298 cm (11 × 9.7 ft)
Museo del Prado

Bl. William Horne was a Carthusian lay brother and martyr. A member of the London Charterhouse of the Carthusians, he was arrested for opposing the religious policies of King Henry VIII (r. 1509–1547), which included the imprisonment of Catholics and the destruction of monasteries. William was executed at Tyburn with two companions…

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05 works, Today, August 2nd, is Blessed Basil’s day, his story thru art #214

Vasily Surikov (1)
Vasily Surikov
Detail; The Boyarin Morozova, c. 1887
Oil on canvas
Height: 304 cm (119.6 in); Width: 587.5 cm (19.2 ft)
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Blessed Basil the Fool-for-Christ is one of the most well-known fools-for-Christ from Moscow. Russians have always venerated fools-for-Christ — those who rejected outward decorum and pretended to be insane so as to hide their abilities and virtues, and condemned the world for lack of the said virtues. They were entitled to judge the world because of their spiritual prowess and pure heart…

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06 works, Today, July 29th, is Saint Lazarus’ day, his story thru art #210

Saint Lazarus
Unknown artist
Saint Lazarus
Colour lithograph
Wellcome Trust
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Saint Lazarus, is the subject of a prominent sign of Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death. The Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions offer varying accounts of the later events of his life.

The raising of Lazarus at Bethany — today the Palestinian town of Al-Eizariya, which translates to “the place of Lazarus” exemplifying the power of Jesus “over the last and most irresistible enemy of humanity — death…

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12 works, Today, July 28th, is Saint Eustace’s day, his story thru art #209

Saint Eustace (1)
Unknown artist
Saint Eustace, c. 17C
Patmos island
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

Saint Eustace, also known as Eustachius or Eustathius in Latin, is revered as a Christian martyr.

In the 13th century French tradition of the narrative, it begins with Placidus (Eustace’s name before he was baptized) hunting, and while hunting, he follows into woods a deer which causes Placidus to separate from a group of hunters…

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07 works, Today, July 27th, is Rodolfo Acquaviva’s day, his story thru art #208

Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1)
Giuseppe Maria Crespi, (Italian, 1665–1747)
Jesuit martyr Rodolfo Acquaviva
Oil on canvas
86.5 x 68.5 cm. (34.1 x 27 in.)
Private collection

Blessed Rodolfo Acquaviva (born on 2 October 1550), was an Italian Jesuit missionary and priest in India who served the court of Akbar the Great from 1580 to 1583. He was martyred in 1583 and beatified in 1893.

Rodolfo Acquaviva was the son of Giangirolamo Acquaviva, 10th Duke of Atri. He was the great-grandson of Andrea Matteo Acquaviva, condottiere and man of letters…

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10 works, Today, July 26th, is Saint Jacob’s day, his story thru art #207

St Jacob
Unknown artist
Saint Jacob Netsvetov
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

Saint Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of Alaska, was a native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest of the Orthodox Church and continued the missionary work of St. Innocent among his and other Alaskan people. His feast day is celebrated on the day of his repose, July 26…

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09 Works, Today, July 20th, is Prophet Elias’s day, his story in art #201

Prophet Elijah Icon
Unknown artist
Prophet Elijah
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

Elijah was a prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Ahab (9th century BC). At his birth, his father Sabah saw angels of God surrounding the Prophet, clothing him in fire and feeding him flames…

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07 Works, Today, July 19th, is Saints Justa and Rufina’s day, their story in art #200

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) (1)
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, (1617–1682)
St. Justa and St. Rufina, between circa 1665 and circa 1666
Oil on canvas
Height: 200 cm (78.7 in); Width: 176 cm (69.2 in)
Museum of Fine Arts of Seville

Saints Justa and Rufina are venerated as martyrs. They are said to have been martyred at Hispalis (Seville) during the 3rd century. The two saints are highly honored in the medieval Hispanic liturgy.

Their legend states that they were sisters and natives of Seville who made fine earthenware pottery for a living, with which they supported themselves and many of the city’s poor. Traditionally, they are said to have lived in the neighborhood of Triana. Born of a poor but pious Christian family. During a pagan festival, they refused to sell their wares for use in these celebrations. In anger, locals broke all of their dishes and pots. Justa and Rufina retaliated by smashing an image of Venus…

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07 Works, Today, July 18th, is Camillus de Lellis’s day, his story in art #199

Tracy L. Christianson (1)
Tracy L. Christianson
St. Camillus de Lellis, 1550-1614
7.25″ x 10″ x .375″
Portraits of Saints.com

Camillus de Lellis was born on May 25, 1550, Kingdom of Naples. His mother, Camilla Compelli de Laureto, was nearly fifty when she gave birth to him. His father was an officer in both the Neapolitan and French royal armies and was seldom home. Due to his mother’s age and retiring nature, she felt unable to control him. He grew up neglected by the family members who took him in after her death. De Lellis joined his father in the Venetian army and fought in a war against the Turks…

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09 Works, Today, July 17th, is Greatmartyr Marina’s day, her story in art #198

Altarpiece of Saint Margaret. Dijon. 3a
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664)
Saint Margaret of Antioch, between 1630 and 1634
Oil on canvas
Height: 194 cm (76.3 in); Width: 112 cm (44 in)
National Gallery, London

Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch, in Pisidia, was born in southern Asia Minor, into the family of a pagan priest. In infancy she lost her mother, and her father gave her into the care of a nursemaid, who raised Marina in the Orthodox Faith. Upon learning that his daughter had become a Christian, the father angrily disowned her, adopted by her nurse, she lived in the country, keeping sheep with her foster mother…

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