Traditional Catholic art gains a compelling new medium in gallery wrap canvas. Canvases featuring this modern art trend combine special printing technology and the technical skill of our Steubenville craftsmen to carefully wrap and tuck the canvas around the back of a 3/4" thick engineered wood mount. This method creates an impressive visual display with a faux 3D effect as the image continues around all visible sides of the mount. The canvas is free of visible staples or tacks and stands alone with no need for a frame. Each canvas hangs with a wire in the back and has an attractive satin-matte finish.
Our St. Anthony of Padua gallery wrapped canvas is depicts the beloved St. Anthony of Padua (13th century) holding the Infant Jesus tenderly in his arms. Upon looking at his hands, the deep gravity of holding the King is shown, depicting St. Anthony's foundational fear of the Lord. Lilies are displayed in the corner, offering a sign of the purity of the Christ Child, which Anthony also emulated. Being a very effective preacher of the Gospel - preaching like a Dominican, even though he was a Franciscan! - it is fitting that he holds the Word of God closely to himself and near his ear that he may hear the word of eternal life whispered to him. According to Franciscan tradition and spirituality, it is also appropriate that this Saint is almost never pictured without the Child: St. Francis was deeply impressed by the poverty and generosity of God in His Incarnation, God Himself taking flesh as a dependent little baby. Such is the poverty that marks the Franciscan spirit, of which St. Anthony fully embraced - he fully embraced the Christ Child. "O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen."
A simple, neat, and beautiful way to adorn your home, office, or parish - or even to give as a gift to a friend, relative, or priest.
Handcrafted at our shop in Steubenville, OH.
( GWC-1409 )