New for October 2019

October 1, 2019

New for October 2019

October is the time of year to celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day falls on the fourth of this month. My featured artworks from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection honoring the saint are a trio of portraits emphazing his humility, simplicity, and austerity of life.  French Artist Jean Eugene Bersier shows the proto-environmentalist holy man communing with a bird in a woodcut portrait with pointy-ears, recalling one of the earliest images of Francis of Assisi by the medieval Italian master, Cimabue. Austrian Graphic Artist Hans Fronius repeats the motif in a severly expressionistic study of the saint (left), marking the 800th anniversary of his birth. American Illustrator Frank Kelly Freas, considered to be "the Dean of Science Fiction Artists," gives us a hint of a smile in his starkly shadowed sketch in acrylic on vellum of the saint from Assisi, created in the 1960s for the Franciscan Herald Press. These three new portraits can be found in the Francis of Assisi: The Troubadour of God gallery of the Themes of Faith section. (John Kohan)