Friday, June 19, 2009

The Year of the Priest

As we start The Year of the Priest, some lesser known paintings from some museums and galleries in the United Kingdom.

Jan Swerts 1820-1879
A Priest Giving a Child her First Lesson 1849
Oil on canvas 76.1 x 86 cm
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling

Dumée (French artist, active early 19th century)
An Open Air Altar 1839 (Celebration of an Open Air Mass)
Oil on canvas 32.5 x 58.5 cm
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

Vincent Chevilliard 1841-1904
Conversation c.1861
Oil on panel (hardwood {mahogany}) 18.2 x 14.9 cm
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen

James Tissot 1836-1902
Leaving the Confessional
1865 (dated)
Oil on canvas 115.4 x 69.2 cm
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

French School
Religious Procession (c. 1675-1725)
Oil on canvas 50 x 65 cm
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

Attributed to circle of Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista (Italian painter and printmaker, 1682-1754)
The Death of Saint Andrew Avellino c. 1712-1754
Oil on canvas 65.6 x 48.5 cm
Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
(Saint Andrew Avellino (1521-1608) was a reforming priest of the Order of Theatines who suffered a fatal stroke at the altar, while saying Mass. The two men on the right are probably St Cajetan, the founder of the Theatines, and Saint Andrew's spiritual director, Blessed Giovanni Marinonio.)