Friday, March 19, 2010

the feast day of a wonderful father and a mini art lesson

There are a bunch of images of St. Joseph, whose feast day we celebrate today. This one, "St. Joseph and the Child Jesus", is my favorite. Painted by Giovanni Battista Caracciolo c 1622.

As a side note, I find it interesting that the two figures above really resemble those in this painting, "St. Joseph, the Carpenter" c 1640 by Georges de La Tour

St. Joseph, a faithful servant, husband, and foster father, is a wonderful example of love:

"Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and endurance. In a word, there are three things that last forever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of all is love." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As I study the first painting, I am just blown away by the amazing love in that embrace.

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