Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fr. Robert's Art.

Stunning minatures.
These wonderful little paintings are the work of Fr. Robert, a monk at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, Sparta, Wisconsin. Br. Stephen posted the work on his blog, Sub Tuum. The paintings are 2" square, apparently oil on copper. I love them.
This spring, local bloggers maybe should get together and go on pilgrimage to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, and then make a visit to the Cistercians nearby.


  1. I don't think that these photos can show how really beautiful copper paintings are. I have seen many of these at the "Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art" in Kansas city Missouri. Before photography, on occasion soldiers would carry pocket paintings of people that they loved. They can be very tiny. When they're painted on copper or ivory they seem to have an effervescence, um, sparkly, or glowy-ness about them.(How's that explaination!)
    I do love these small treasures.
    There is a lot of cool activities that Moms have to give up. Art museums are places that Joseph can not attend ,because he's a pain.

  2. Belinda, I've done some retablos on copper - I like painting on it.

  3. Terry, have you seen The Foundation for the Sacred Arts? They are forming a registry of Catholic artists.


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