On the Painting:
St. Helen was the mother of Constantine, and she’s the one that found the True Cross after receiving a vision of its location.
When the excavated the area, they found three crosses, and to determine which one was the one Jesus was crucified on, they had three people with incurable illnesses touch the crosses, and on the same one they were all healed.
Relics of the True Cross are now scattered around the world and many miracles are still attributed to praying before them and meditating on the Passion of the Lord.
Cima da Congeliano has so beautifully depicted the regality of St. Helen and her soft gaze into the distance as she contemplates the Passion of our Lord.
Cima was a painter from Italy who lived from 1459-1517. His paintings are usually calm and undramatic. In his later life he became a student of Giovanni Bellini (who you will recognize from my other master copies) and became the link between Titian, Bellini, and the next generation of artists.
This alla prima study is part of my training arc for painting the Litany of Loretto Marian series, which I’ve begun to develop on my Patreon! You can find out more about it here.
No prints will be made of the master copy studies.
Painted on an archival panel; linen mounted on 3/8″ plywood. It cannot hang by itself, but will fit in most standard 5×7 frames.