06 works, Today, August 9th, is Saint Matthias’s day, his story illustrated #221

Simone Martini (1)
Simone Martini
Saint Matthias, circa 1317 –1319
Tempera on wood, gold ground
11 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (29.5 x 21.9 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthias was, according to the Acts of the Apostles, chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following the latter’s betrayal of Jesus and his subsequent death. His calling as an apostle is unique, in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended into heaven…

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06 works, Today, August 7th, is Saint Secundus’ day, his story illustrated #219

Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644) (1)
Bernardo Strozzi, (1581–1644)
St Secundus and the Angel, circa 1615/1640
Oil on canvas
Height: 82 cm (32.2 in); Width: 101 cm (39.7 in)
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Secundus of Asti (died 119) is venerated as a martyr and saint. He was a historical figure who was beheaded at Asti under Hadrian. He is said to have been a patrician of Asti and a subaltern officer in the imperial army. It is known that a church was dedicated to him in the area as early as the 9th century…

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05 works, Today, August 6th, is Saint Agapitus’ day, his story thru art #218

The martyrdom of Saint (Pope) Sixtus II and his deacons. (1)
Unknown artist
The martyrdom of Saint (Pope) Sixtus II and his deacons, 14th century
Emperor Valerian is shown directing the execution of Sixtus II, and his deacons
I have no further description of this artwork at this time

Agapitus and Felicissimus were two of the six deacons of Pope Sixtus II who were martyred with him on or about 6 August 258. These were times when a pope occupying the Roman throne, was known to choose death for the faith…

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09 works, Today, August 5th, is Saint Afra’s day, her story thru art #217

Saint Afra (1)
Unknown artist
Saint Afra
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Saint Afra (died 304) was martyred during the Diocletian persecution. Along with Saint Ulrich, she is a patron saint of Augsburg. Her feast day is August 5. Afra was dedicated to the service of the goddess, Venus, by her mother, Hilaria…


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05 works, Today, August 3rd, is Holy Salome’s day, her story thru art #215

Followers of Martin Schongauer (1)
Followers of Martin Schongauer
Crucifixion, c. 1495−1500
Salome is one of the two leftmost women with a halo.
Oil on panel
197 cm × 700 cm (78 in × 280 in)
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Buhl, Haut-Rhin

Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome was the mother of the Apostles James and John, the wife of Zebedee, and the daughter of Joseph the Betrothed, who was a widower when he became betrothed to the Mother of God. She was a disciple of the Lord and one of the Myrrh-bearing women who first brought tidings of the Resurrection to the world. Salome was a follower of Jesus who appears briefly in the canonical gospels and in apocryphal writings…

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11 works, Today, July 31st, is Joseph of Arimathea’s day, his story thru art #212

St. Joseph of Arimathea (1)
Unknown artist
St. Joseph of Arimathea
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Joseph of Arimathea was, according to all four canonical gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion. He was a wealthy member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and a secret follower of Christ; which is why he did not join in the Council’s actions against Jesus…

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B A H M A N, The warrior 01 Work, CONTEMPORARY Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes – #48

The warrior Painting by B A H M A N
The warrior
Watercolor, Ink, Stone on Cardboard
14 W x 11 H x 1 in
Private collection

An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Humanity.[1][2] Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God’s tasks. More on Angels

B A H M A N is a self-taught artist; “my work is influenced by various Schools, from the encaustic paintings of the antiquity ( the Fayum portraits) to the more refined works of the Quattrocento. It combines disparate elements and artifacts from past civilisations. I find my inspiration in mysticism and esotericism with borrowed elements from various Schools of thought.” More on B A H M A N


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05 Works, Today, July 24th, is The Martyr Christina’s day, her story thru art #205

Francesco Furini (1)
Francesco Furini, Italian, 1603-1646, active in Florence and Rome
Saint Christina, c. 1640
Oil on canvas
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

The Martyr Christina lived during the third century. She was born into a rich family, and her father was governor of Tyre. By the age of 11 the girl was exceptionally beautiful, and many wanted to marry her. Christina’s father, however, envisioned that his daughter should become a pagan priestess. To this end he placed her in a special dwelling where he had set up many gold and silver idols, and he commanded his daughter to burn incense before them. Two servants attended Christina…

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06 Works, Today, July 23rd, is Saint Bridget’s day, her story thru art #204

Birgitta of Sweden on an altarpiece in Salem church, Södermanland, Sweden (1)
Unknown artist
Birgitta of Sweden
Altarpiece in Salem church, Södermanland, Sweden
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St. Bridget of Sweden, (born c. 1303, Sweden — died July 23, 1373, Rome; canonized October 8, 1391; feast day July 23, formerly October 8), patron saint of Sweden, founder of the Bridgittines, and a mystic whose revelations were influential during the Middle Ages. In 1999 Pope John Paul II named her one of the patron saints of Europe…

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05 Works, Today, July 21th, is Markella’s day, her story in art #202

Markella (1)
Unknown artist
St. Markella (Marcella) of Chios
Byzantine icons
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Saint Markella was born and lived in Volissos, Chios, Greece. She was raised as a devout Christian by her mother. However, her father was a pagan.

Markella lived during the fourteenth century — during most of which Chios was under Genoese rule. At a young age, her mother died and Markella continued to study her Bible, pray to God and live a life according to what she was taught…

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