For example, relatives and friends have inherited " a stash" and they simply don't know what to do with it all.
It seems that many haven't the heart
to throw the well-used religious items away, often out of respect or fear, even when the treasures are irredeemable in one way or another.
For these precious items received,
I am able to quietly give them a
proper burial, so to speak.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
This heavy print had been professionally framed and shellacked in the 1950s by a local company, as indicated on the back (see below).
It was placed in storage at some point and then forgotten. Fortunately, the current recipient thought of offering it to me before tossing it.
Technically, the print has no great monetary value. Its only claim to worth and "plea" for survival is what?
That it shows a beautifully rendered and prayerful painting of the Sacred Heart.
I haven't the room for all of the
copied works given, but I will make a place for this one.
"Sacred Heart of Jesus" was painted by the 19th-century Mexican artist Jose Maria Ibarraran y Ponce. He was a member and one-time director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City which was the first major art academy and the first art museum in the Americas.
According to one Spanish website (translation):
"JOSÉ MARÍA IBARRARÁN PONCE (1854-1910) was born in 1854 in Puebla. His parents were José María Ibarrarán and María de Jesús Ponce. He married in Puebla, Puebla the 4 of March of 1878 with Maria Archer Azcoytia (1858-1883). He died in 1910.
He is one of the painters who together with Daniel Dávila (1843-1923) contributed to enrich the panorama of poblana painting. The years of greatest productivity are towards the end of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century. He received his first lessons in painting in his hometown and concluded his training at the Academy of San Carlos.
According to Moyssén, "Religious academic painting at the end of the last century found its greatest exponent in Ibarrarán and Ponce." His well-illustrated pictorial works express an art of pious intention, directed fundamentally to the sensitivity of believers. His best known works: The dream of the martyr, martyr's widow, Charity in the early days of the Church. One of the paintings reached greater fortune was with the picture The information of 1666, where he dealt with a historical theme guadalupano.
CONTRAST: New Mexico Retablos HERE
This particular Sacred Heart painting was commissioned for private veneration,
I was told, by a member of the Miller brewing family (possibly Elise) and completed in 1896 according to Ibarraran y Ponce's signature.
Later, about mid 20th-century, a zealous Miller descendant decided to have the painting professionally photographed, printed and circulated. The details are splendid in this version, by the way.
Maybe there are more prints of this old "run" still in circulation or displayed elsewhere. I have no idea. You can certainly find newer copies for purchase.
Salvator Mundi, Latin for Saviour of the World, is a subject in iconography depicting Christ with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand holding an orb surmounted by a cross, known as a globus cruciger. The latter symbolizes the Earth, and the whole composition has strong eschatological undertones.
"How can mere material things help us on the way to heaven? How can water, metal, or a piece of cloth help save our souls? You must ever remember that these objects in themselves have no power to save or help us. It would be superstitious to say they had any such power. But things like a crucifix, a holy picture, a statue, a candle, do excite spiritual thoughts and feelings in those who use them correctly. They excite the fear and love of God; they arouse trust and hope in His mercy; they awaken sorrow and joy in the Lord. Their value lies in the fact that they have been set aside by the Church for sacred purposes, by the power of the Church's official prayer, and by the merits of Christ, preserved and distributed by His Church."