On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang.
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Painted from a public domain photo of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.sacredart
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, born Edith Stein to a devout Jewish German family, but by her teenage years she was an atheist.
After WWI, Edith finished her doctoral thesis on empathy in philosophy and started writing her second doctoral thesis that would qualify her for a teaching position. She passed, but was rejected for teaching because she was a woman.
A few years later, Edith read St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography and was so moved by her that she immediately wanted to be Baptized become a cloistered Carmelite nun.
She was Baptized, but was cautioned to wait before joining an order, so she spent the next 8 years as a teacher at a Dominican school where she spent her free time translating St. Thomas Aquinas’ De Veritate into German and studying Catholic philosophy.
In 1932 she became a lecturer at a Catholic university, but within a year Hitler rose to power and decreed that no Jew could hold a position in the public sector or in education, so she was forced to resign.
With no job and no way to get a new one in a field of her expertise, Edith finally joined the Discalced Carmelites, and took her new name.
She continued to write on philosophy, finishing a book on metaphysics before her order moved her and her blood sister Rosa (an extern Carmelite at the same convent) to the Netherlands for their safety.
In Netherlands Theresa taught and wrote a book on St. John of the Cross. She never believed she would survive the war, and began to offer herself to the heart of Jesus as a “sacrifice of atonement for true peace”.
When the Nazis did invade the Netherlands there was an order to arrest all Jewish converts and Theresa, Rosa, and 243 other Jewish converts living in the Netherlands were taken to Auschwitz.
An official was so impressed with Theresa’s peace that he offered her an escape, which she vehemently refused saying, “If somebody intervened at this point and took away my chance to share in the fate of my brothers and sisters, that would be utter annihilation.”
Within the week she and countless others were put to death in a gas chamber in Auschwitz.