|Our Lady of Guadalupe|
Copyright 2015 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 36"
Prints Available on Fine Art America
While looking for stories involving flowers I reread the legend of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' or "The Virgin of Guadalupe.'
It is said that in Mexico City in the year 1531 a man by the name of Juan Diego walked up to the Hill of Tepeyac. There he saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. She told him that a church should be built on that spot in her honor. Diego shared this message with the archbishop of the city. The archbishop told Diego to go back to the spot and ask the apparition for a miracle to prove her identity. Diego returned and asked for a sign. He was gifted the healing of his sick uncle. Then he was instructed to gather flowers from the hillside. Diego gathered many roses. When he returned to the archbishop Diego opened his cloak onto the floor. On the fabric of the cloak was an image of the Virgin Mary. The roses surrounded the miraculous image. It was decided that indeed a church should be built on the sacred spot. It is known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is visited by many pilgrims every year.
"All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady."
Here are some photos showing the stages of creating this painting...
|"Our Lady of Guadalupe" Painting by Hirschten Stage 1|
|"Our Lady of Guadalupe" Painting by Hirschten Stage 2|
|"Our Lady of Guadalupe" Painting by Hirschten Stage 3|
|"Our Lady of Guadalupe" Painting by Hirschten Stage 4|