Watercolor for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


Vergós Group - Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him - Google Art Project

Vergós Group – Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him. 1470-1486

This past week Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs was asked to complete a privately commissioned painting of St. Augustine for a priest who has an upcoming audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Champaigne, Philippe de - Saint Augustin - 1645-1650

Philippe de Champaigne – Saint Augustine. 1645-1650

The costume is based on gothic depictions of St. Augustine wearing cope, gloves, and mitre over an Augustinian habit. He is shown holding a flaming heart – a symbol also incorporated by the great artist, Philippe de Champaigne.

A habit and vestments were borrowed from Fr. Peter Gori, O.S.A., Fr. John Brancich, F.S.S.P., and the Diocese of Manchester. After completing several sketches of the model wearing the individual elements, the finished painting emerged.  St. Augustine bends over his Confessions while clutching a flaming heart.  The finished watercolor is 5 x 8 inches, mounted in a a vintage 11 x 15 inch frame.

4 comments for “Watercolor for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

  1. Profile gravatar of Theodore
    May 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    wonderful little painting Gwyneth. Thank you for showing the preparation. I would encourage CIG readers to click through to Gwyneth’s site to be treated to a sweet photo of our dear Pope Emeritus Benedict–Such a wonderful person!

  2. Profile gravatar of Adalee Hude
    May 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, that is a lovely painting. And what an honor! Congrats!

  3. May 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    It’s so luminous! The way the pigment granulates in the background is very interesting too. Congratulations!

  4. June 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Beautifully done!


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