Seventeenth century Vatican painter Luigi Gregori was commissioned to paint the Basilica. More than 44 large stained glass and murals were completed over a 17 year period. Breathtaking, would have been wonderful to have attended a mass during the visit. Maybe next time.
I took a lot of blurry pictures, but as background reference they will be perfect guides. These seemed dark in my files but when opened up was quite pleased. I uploaded and deleted photos for 15 minutes until I got a pair suitable to display. My visit to Notre Dame was far too short, there is so much beauty there.
Just the right atmospheric conditions added much to the magnificent views, we hardly had time to stop and look, but tons of photos added to references. Would so enjoy spending a whole day walking these grounds.
First stop on pilgramage at Notre Dame, Indiana. Lovely little chapel at Stinson-Remick Hall. St. Joseph (Patron of the Brothers of Holy Cross and Engineers) represents Spring. St. Joseph's symbol is The Easter Lily, the just one. The Holy Family and tools repesent his vocation. The dome represents the dome of St. Peter's, the universal church. Cherry blossoms, tulips, robins, and mourning doves represent Spring.
Our Lady of Sorrows (Patroness of Holy Cross Priests, Brothers, and Sisters) represents Summer. Mary is surrounded by The child Jesus and Mary, Seat of Wisdom; the Tower of David; The Morning Star; and Ark of the Covenant. The seven stars in her halo represents her seven sorrows, as does the tear running down her cheek. Summer is represented by butterflies, finches, bluebirds, chipmunks. A church mouse hides near a rose.
Father Moreau (Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross) represents Autumn. Symbols include the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Most Pure Heart of Joseph, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary. Autumn signs are maples leaves of color, wedge of flying geese, patch of pumpkins, a finch and a squirrel.
Brother Andre (Founder of St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, Canada) represents Winter.
Symbols include the cross and anchors of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the door of Notre Dame College in Montreal(where he was a doorman for forty years), crutches left behind by those healed at St. Joseph's Oratory on Mount Royal, Montreal: and the dome of St. Joseph's Oratory. Winter is represented by holly leaves and berries, snow on the ground and falling, deer, cardinal and chickadees.
This little chapel was experienced by surprise in self guided tour. The beauty in the stained glass was just the beginning... more beauty to follow.
Pilgramage started Oct 3, 2013. First stop Notre Dame. This tree on campus filled with ribbons for loved ones lost and loved ones surviving cancer. Take a close up... from a distance I was curious as to what kind of tree it possibly could be.
Began exhibiting prints and drawings in 1973. Studies under Naperville printmaker, Barbara A.Brien. Life mentor and teacher William Vose of Paw Paw, IL. Current member of Naperville Art League, La Grange Art League and Kendall Art Guild. Teacher of Art Appreciation in Yorkville School Districts. Teacher of children's art programs in Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, Newark, Somonauk, Oswego and Aurora schools and park districts.
Three courageous grown children. Resides in Yorkville,IL.with a menagerie of rescued companions.
Using my practice of quick poses in life drawing, I opportune to experiment with colors and differing line textures to recreate quickly the effects of light on the spiritual essence of the human form. My intention is to pull the viewer into following line, breathing with it's form, knowing it's actual beauty.
Books I've been reading
Joy of Love by Pope Francis
Artist Rules by Christine Valters Paintner
On Writing by Stephen King
Printmaking on a Budget by Mandy Bonnell and Stephen Mumberson
Gifts From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Moving On by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck