Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine Original Artwork

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SKU: JRS1032201Orig

24 X 36 Oil on Canvas

The portrait of St. Mary Magdalene, titled "Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine," emerged from the artist's personal journey of faith formation. During his time in the RCIA program and entry into the Catholic Church, the artist sought to distinguish and give faces to the various women named Mary in the New Testament. This exploration led him to a profound discovery of the intimate connection the Diocese of Utah has with Mary Magdalene, resonating deeply with his own spiritual journey.
As the artist embarked on the task of depicting the moment Mary Magdalene was freed from the demons that possessed her, he delved into the significance of her possession by seven demons. This number symbolized a complete and total possession, representing the depth of her torment. Through Christ's intervention, Mary experienced an equally complete salvation, showcasing the transformative power of divine grace. Her story became a testament to the fact that no human effort can achieve salvation; it is only through Christ's grace that redemption is possible.

In the process of learning about Mary Magdalene, the artist realized that her story resonated with many individuals, especially those who had chosen her as their patron saint during their confirmations. This collective admiration and personal connection to St. Mary Magdalene further motivated the artist to capture her essence in this painting. He wanted to portray her not just as a biblical figure, but as a symbol of hope and redemption for all who seek solace and salvation in Christ.

"Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine" aims to capture the moment of Mary Magdalene's redemption, emphasizing the light and grace that transformed her life. The painting is a reflection of the artist's journey and the journeys of many others who find inspiration in her story. It is a reminder of the boundless grace available to us through Christ, and the profound impact that this grace can have on our lives.

In this neoclassical portrait, St. Mary Magdalene is adorned in gold clothes, symbolizing her former attachment to the material things of this world. Historically credited as a proficient manager of monetary means, her attire reflects this aspect of her life. Her expression is one of profound emotion, on the verge of tears as the redemptive power of God's love fills her soul. The artist captures a moment of divine transformation, with light emerging into the dark room, symbolizing the redemption and grace that are illuminating her heart.

Mary Magdalene is portrayed with particular beauty and youthfulness, consistent with traditional depictions. However, this piece diverges from the conventional portrayals by presenting her in modest attire, shifting the focus away from the often disputed sexual nature of her sins. Instead, the emphasis is on her spiritual renewal and the profound impact of Christ's grace on her life.

The light piercing through the darkness not only highlights her physical beauty but also represents the spiritual awakening she experiences. This imagery underscores the transformative power of divine love and redemption. Encircling her head, a halo symbolizes her complete redemption, a testament to the totality of her salvation through Christ.

The artist’s choice to depict her in modest clothing reinforces the focus on her inner transformation rather than her past, inviting viewers to reflect on the themes of forgiveness, grace, and renewal. The halo serves as a powerful reminder of the sanctifying grace that has wholly redeemed her, highlighting the ultimate victory of divine love over sin.

Oil on Canvas 24 x 36. Framed at in a handmade gold leaf frame. Painted 2024.

Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine Original Artwork

$7,000.00
$7,000.00 $0.00
% Off
SKU: JRS1032201Orig

24 X 36 Oil on Canvas

The portrait of St. Mary Magdalene, titled "Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine," emerged from the artist's personal journey of faith formation. During his time in the RCIA program and entry into the Catholic Church, the artist sought to distinguish and give faces to the various women named Mary in the New Testament. This exploration led him to a profound discovery of the intimate connection the Diocese of Utah has with Mary Magdalene, resonating deeply with his own spiritual journey.
As the artist embarked on the task of depicting the moment Mary Magdalene was freed from the demons that possessed her, he delved into the significance of her possession by seven demons. This number symbolized a complete and total possession, representing the depth of her torment. Through Christ's intervention, Mary experienced an equally complete salvation, showcasing the transformative power of divine grace. Her story became a testament to the fact that no human effort can achieve salvation; it is only through Christ's grace that redemption is possible.

In the process of learning about Mary Magdalene, the artist realized that her story resonated with many individuals, especially those who had chosen her as their patron saint during their confirmations. This collective admiration and personal connection to St. Mary Magdalene further motivated the artist to capture her essence in this painting. He wanted to portray her not just as a biblical figure, but as a symbol of hope and redemption for all who seek solace and salvation in Christ.

"Illuminated by Grace, Portrait of the Madeleine" aims to capture the moment of Mary Magdalene's redemption, emphasizing the light and grace that transformed her life. The painting is a reflection of the artist's journey and the journeys of many others who find inspiration in her story. It is a reminder of the boundless grace available to us through Christ, and the profound impact that this grace can have on our lives.

In this neoclassical portrait, St. Mary Magdalene is adorned in gold clothes, symbolizing her former attachment to the material things of this world. Historically credited as a proficient manager of monetary means, her attire reflects this aspect of her life. Her expression is one of profound emotion, on the verge of tears as the redemptive power of God's love fills her soul. The artist captures a moment of divine transformation, with light emerging into the dark room, symbolizing the redemption and grace that are illuminating her heart.

Mary Magdalene is portrayed with particular beauty and youthfulness, consistent with traditional depictions. However, this piece diverges from the conventional portrayals by presenting her in modest attire, shifting the focus away from the often disputed sexual nature of her sins. Instead, the emphasis is on her spiritual renewal and the profound impact of Christ's grace on her life.

The light piercing through the darkness not only highlights her physical beauty but also represents the spiritual awakening she experiences. This imagery underscores the transformative power of divine love and redemption. Encircling her head, a halo symbolizes her complete redemption, a testament to the totality of her salvation through Christ.

The artist’s choice to depict her in modest clothing reinforces the focus on her inner transformation rather than her past, inviting viewers to reflect on the themes of forgiveness, grace, and renewal. The halo serves as a powerful reminder of the sanctifying grace that has wholly redeemed her, highlighting the ultimate victory of divine love over sin.

Oil on Canvas 24 x 36. Framed at in a handmade gold leaf frame. Painted 2024.