16 works, Today, January 1st, is Mary the Blessed Virgin’s day, her story, illustrated #364

Edvard Munch, (1863–1944)
Detail; Madonna, c. 1895

Oil on canvas
Height: 90 cm (35.4 in); Width: 71 cm (27.9 in)
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Mary’s father Joachim was a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. He and his wife Anne were deeply grieved by their childlessness. Joachim consequently withdrew to the desert, where he fasted and did penance for 40 days. Angels then appeared to both Joachim and Anne to promise them a child…

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07 works, Today, October 30th, is Saints Hermenegild”s day, his story illustrated #301

Ulpiano Checa Sanz (Spanish, 1860–1916)Title:
The invasion of the Visigoths, c. 1887

Oil on Canvas
98 x 170 cm. (38.6 x 66.9 in.)
Private collection

Saint Hermenegild, or Ermengild, (died 13 April 585) was the eldest son of king Liuvigild, of the Visigothic Kingdom in the Iberian Peninsula and southern France, and his first wife, Princess Theodosia. He was brother to Reccared I and brought up an Arian. Liuvigild made his sons co-regents…

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