Sunday, 30 August 2015

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893).

"Nightfall on The Thames".
Artist: John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893).
Date: 1880.
Current location: Leeds City Art Gallery, England.
Source/Photographer: Direct link via Leeds Museum & Galleries.
(Wikimedia Commons)

John Atkinson Grimshaw (6 September 1836 – 13 October 1893) was a Victorian-era artist, a "remarkable and imaginative painter" known for his City night-scenes and landscapes.

His early paintings were signed "JAG," "J. A. Grimshaw," or "John Atkinson Grimshaw,"
though he finally settled on "Atkinson Grimshaw."

John Atkinson Grimshaw was born Leeds, England. In 1856, he married his Cousin, Frances Hubbard (1835–1917). In 1861, at the age of twenty-four, to the dismay of his parents, he left
his job as a Clerk for The Great Northern Railway to become a painter. He first exhibited
in 1862, mostly paintings of birds, fruit and blossom, under the patronage of
The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. He became successful in the 1870s
and rented a second home in Scarborough, which became a favourite subject of his paintings.

Several of his children, Arthur E. Grimshaw (1864–1913), Louis H. Grimshaw (1870–1944),
Wilfred Grimshaw (1871–1937) and Elaine Grimshaw (1877–1970) became painters.

Artist: John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893).
Date: 1879.
This File: 19 September 2013.
User: Austriacus.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"A Moonlit Evening".
Artist: John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893).
Date: 1880.
Current location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain.
Source/Photographer: posted to Flickr as John Atkinson Grimshaw - A Moonlit Evening, 1880 at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid Spain with a Copy Fraud License by Flickr user mbell1975.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Beheading Of Saint John The Baptist. Feast Day 29 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.
Feast Day 29 August.


Red Vestments.

"The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist".
Artist: Caravaggio (1571–1610).
Date: 1608.
Current location: Altarpiece in The Oratory,
Valletta, Malta.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002.
ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

After having Solemnised on 24 June the joyous birth of Saint John the Baptist, The Church, today, honours his glorious birth in Heaven. Excepting The Blessed Virgin, he is the only Saint whose temporal birthday is observed. Saint John the Baptist holds in the worship of The Church The First Rank after The Angels.

John the Precursor, who had passed thirty years in the desert, where he had flourished like the Palm Tree, and grown like The Cedar of Libanus (Gradual), had the courage openly to reproach Herod with the scandal of his illegitimate union with Herodias, his sister-in-law, whose husband, Philip, was still alive (Introit, Epistle, Gospel).

"It is against the law," he said to the King, "for you to take the wife of your brother." Herodias forced Herod to imprison him and used an unexpected opportunity to obtain through her daughter, Salome, the beheading of the Saint who thwarted her criminal passion.

On this day, Saint John completes his mission, adding to the testimony he gave to Christ at His Baptism, the testimony of his Martyrdom. He was put to death towards the Passover, one year before The Passion of Jesus; but the Anniversary is Solemnised on the day when his Venerable head was found at Emesa, in Syria, in 453 A.D.

It is related in ancient legends that, on a Winter's day, when Salome was dancing on a frozen river, the ice broke and, closing again, cut off the head of the immodest dancer.

Mass: Loquébar.
Commemoration: Saint Sabina. Martyr.

Art Deco 2. The Golden Age Of Graphic Art And Illustration.

"South For Winter".
Southern Railway Poster.
1930s Art Deco.
Illustration: D FOR DESIGN (MCH 206)

Art Deco Poster.

Art Deco Lettering.

Art Deco Typeface.

Art Deco Poster
for Aero Pacific Clipper
and The Port of San Francisco.

Art Deco Interior
of The Bacardi Building,
Havana, Cuba.
Illustration: PINTEREST

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Bacardi Building, in Havana, Cuba, is located at Avenida de Bélgica, No. 261, between Empedrado y San Juan de Dios, in Old Havana.

The Bacardi Building,
Havana, Cuba.
Photo: 17 July 2007.
Author: James Emery from Douglasville, United States.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Tower of
The Bacardi Building,
Havana, Cuba.
[Note the Bat atop the Tower.]
Photo: 19 January 2007 (original upload date).
Source: Created by me, en:takethemud, in Havana, Cuba, May 2006.
Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The building was designed by architects Rafael Fernández Ruenes, Esteban Rodríguez Castell and José Menéndez, for the Bacardi Rum Company. The Art Deco landmark was completed in 1930 and was, at the time, the largest building in the City.

After the Cuban Revolution and the departure of Bacardi from Cuba, the building continued to be used for offices. At the end of the 1990s it was renovated by the City Historian's Office.

Art Deco Movie Set.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Art Deco of Pasadena,
California, United States of America.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Art Deco Poster.
The Empire State Building,
New York, United States of America.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Mediaeval Colouring In The Abbey Church of Saint Austremoine, Issoire, France.

Originally Posted by Dennis Aubrey on VIA LUCIS

Text and Illustrations from VIA LUCIS

This Article was generated by reading an excellent Post on ONCE I WAS A CLEVER BOY

Stained-Glass Windows at Basilique Saint Austremoine,
Issoire (Puy de Dôme), France.
Photo by P. J. McKey.
Illustration: VIA LUCIS

We are all accustomed to see Romanesque and Gothic Churches with their austere, Bone-White Pillars, Walls, and Vaulting, and assume this look was the intent of the builders. When modern Churches in The Classical Style are built, they usually follow this aesthetic guideline. The truth is that the Churches were often brightly painted with geometric patterns, frescoes, and polychrome Capitals.

In many Churches, we can see the remnants of these paintings, like in the Basilique Saint Julien, in Brioude, France, among others. The colours may be faded, now, but we can still make out the Oranges, Reds, Greens and Blues that once adorned the structure. But in one Church in particular, we can see the effect of the originals. The Abbatiale Saint Austremoine, of Issoire, in the Puy-de-Dôme, France, the mountainous centre of The Auvergne, was restored in the 19th-Century in almost shocking style. This Monastic Church is a riot of deep, rich colour.

Basilique Saint Austremoine,
Issoire, France.
Photo by P.J. McKey.
Illustration: VIA LUCIS

PJ’s shot of the Morning Sun streaming through The Transept Windows is one of the best photos of our 2010 trip. It perfectly illustrates how the combination of shape, colour, and light, can create a stunning view of the Church. To the Mediaeval Monks, who worshipped here, this must have been a sight of transcendent beauty.

Afternoon Sun on a Pillar
in the 
Basilique Saint Austremoine,
Issoire, France.
Photo by Dennis Aubrey.
Illustration: VIA LUCIS

In addition to the painting, there are a number of Stained-Glass Windows that throw great swatches of coloured light across the Interior Walls of the Church. The effect of the light, from the Stained-Glass Windows, invests a second layer of colour on the polychrome surfaces.

Even without the effects from the Exterior lighting, the painted Interior emphasises the structural beauty of the Church. The polychrome patterns reinforce the receding Arches, Pillars, and Groin Vaults, demonstrating the harmony and balance that are the hallmark of this 11th-Century Benedictine Abbey Church.

South Aisle of 
the Basilique Saint Austremoine,
Issoire, France.
Photo by Dennis Aubrey.
Illustration: VIA LUCIS

Friday, 28 August 2015

In The Choir Of Aachen Cathedral. Im Chor Des Münsters Zu Aachen.

Text from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

"In The Choir of Aachen Cathedral".
Artist: Franz Stegmann (1831–1892).
Date: 1890.
Author: Franz Stegmann (1831–1892).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Franz Stegmann (born 16 September 1831, in Gandersheim, Germany; died 18 April 1892, in Dusseldorf, Germany) was a painter of architecture of the Düsseldorf School.

Stegmann was the son of a Magistrate in the Duchy of Brunswick, Germany. He spent three years studying architecture in Braunschweig. Then, he switched to painting and attended the Academies in Brussels (1854 at CA Wauters), Munich (1855-1857), as well as Dusseldorf, where he settled in 1857 and joined the Malkasten Artists' Association. He also joined the Kunstverein München.

Stegmann undertook Study Tours to Italy, France and The Netherlands. He also exhibited in Berlin, Hanover and Dusseldorf.

Aachen Cathedral.
Photo:: 13 April 2012.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Not All Is Lost In England And Wales. Catholic Bishop Ensures Proper Catholic Education.


The Bishop of Plymouth,
Right Reverend Mark O'Toole.

of The Bishop of Plymouth,
Right Reverend Mark O'Toole.

The Rt Rev. Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, has officially issued a Canonical Decree, known as a ‘Recognitio’, establishing the School of the Annunciation as a Catholic Institute of Higher Education. The School’s campus at Buckfast Abbey is located within the Diocese of Plymouth.

Bishop O’Toole has taken a keen interest in the School since its beginning in early 2014, becoming one of the School’s two patrons, alongside Cardinal Pell, and appointing a Diocesan Priest, Fr Guy de Gaynesford, as the School’s first Rector.

This Decree, establishing the School as a Catholic Institute of Higher Education, is in accordance with article 3§1 of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the Apostolic Constitution of Pope St John Paul II concerning Catholic Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning in The Church. In doing so, Bishop O’Toole also gave his consent to the use of the term “Catholic” in the Titles of the School in an Official Capacity, as described in the requirements of Canon Law (Canon 808).

In another significant move, Bishop O’Toole has also issued Mandatum Letters to full-time and associate Staff of the School. These Letters are Canonical recognition, given by the Local Bishop, that those who teach at, or for, the School, meet the requirements The Church lays down for authentic teachers of Catholic Theology and related disciplines, including their manifest fidelity to The Church’s Magisterium.

Fr Guy de Gaynesford, the Rector of the School of the Annunciation, writes:

“Bishop O’Toole’s Recognitio and Mandatum Letters are vitally important for the future development of the School, because they will assist us in forging partnerships with other Catholic Colleges and Universities, such as Franciscan University Steubenville. The Bishop’s Canonical endorsement of the School and her Staff will assure other Catholic Institutes of Higher Education of the vision and commitment of the School of the Annunciation to authentic and loyal fidelity to The Church and to the norms and requirements The Church lays down for authentic Teachers of Theology, Philosophy and Catechesis.

"In its short history, the School has certainly had so much for which to give thanks for to The Lord and to Our Lady of Buckfast, regarding the rapid growth of this new initiative placed at the Service of The Church’s call for a New Evangelisation. This endorsement and support, from our patron and Diocesan Bishop, is yet another Grace in answer to Prayer for which we can all give thanks, and for which we can express our gratitude to Bishop Mark O’Toole, offering Prayers for him and the work he has undertaken for the cause of the New Evangelisation in his Diocese and beyond.”


The School of the Annunciation: Centre for the New Evangelisation is the UK’s only Higher Education School dedicated to the New Evangelisation. As described by Vatican Radio’s recent report, “Founded by some of the United Kingdom’s leading scholars in theology and evangelisation.”

The School of the Annunciation was founded by Dr Andrew Beards, Academic Director, Dr Caroline Farey, Director of Studies, Deacon Nick Donnelly, Director of Formation, together with the Abbot of Buckfast. Fr Guy de Gaynesford has recently been appointed the School’s first Rector. The patrons of the School of the Annunciation are His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, and the Right Reverend Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is one of twenty-two “Faithfully Catholic universities” cited by the US Cardinal Newman Society. The Franciscan Friars, who Founded and have operated Franciscan University since 1946, are members of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance (TOR) of the Province of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. More than seven hundred alumni of Franciscan University currently serve The Church as Bishops, Priests and Religious Brothers and Sisters.

Both Franciscan University of Steubenville and the School of the Annunciation adhere to the vision and principles contained in Pope St John Paul’s Apostolic Constitution, Ex corde Ecclesiae.

For more details:
Tel: 01364 645660.

For more Press information:
Press Officer:
Tel: 01229 821866.
Tel: 07938 986186.

The True Principles Of Pointed Or Christian Architecture. By Augustus Welby Pugin.

Illustration: AMAZON

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