Monday, March 31, 2014

Catholic Art - Young St. John the Evangelist

by Piero di Cosimo June 1504, Honolulu Academy of Art
This is a very beautiful portrayal of a young St. John. I am sharing it because every time I go to the Honolulu Art Museum, (Formerly the Honolulu Academy of Art), I love this painting.  I am drawn to this painting.  Not only are the deep rich colors that are so appealing, but also the look of contentment on St. John's face.

For those of you not familiar with the story, it reflects the legend of  how St. John's was handed a poisoned cup of wine.  Yet, when he blessed the cup of wine, the poison rose in the shape of a serpent. Click HERE to see the full image and the description of the painting subject.

Our little art museum has quite an impressive selection of Catholic art.  Be sure to see for yourself if you  have the opportunity.

2 comments:

Ann P said...

This is a very beautiful painting and wonderful to hear the story of its origin. Would love to someday visit the museum.

Esther Gefroh said...

I hope you can too.