Saint Anne, Grandmother of the Church
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“Saint Anne, Grandmother of the Church”
by J. Wahl
This dear picture of St. Anne lets us imagine her as the grandmother she was. Grandmother of Jesus and grandmother iof the Church. Not much is known about St. Anne. We can infer from Scripture that she was a holy woman, fit to raise the Mother of God. We can also infer from our own experience that she would have helped Mary, the young, first-time mother, with the difficult responsibility of raising a child. Most of us know the tremendous love between grandmothers and their grandchildren, and we are sure this was true within their family as well.
As for the artist, J Wahl is likely to be Josef Wahl, born 1875, a Catholic artist from Dusseldorf who did a lot of Catholic paintings in parish churches and elsewhere. Judging from his history of works, he was a Catholic “go to” artist of the time. We’ve included a sample from a 1903 illustration in pretty much the same style. This painting of St. Anne is in the style of the Golden Age of Illustration, which we believe dates it to perhaps as late as the 1920s.
It was later reprinted as a holy card by GFCHKM, the German Society for Christian Art, which was founded in 1893 and still exists today.
St. Anne’s feast day is July 26.
Saint Anne is a powerful patron for many, a few of which include housewives, mothers, and grandmothers.
Holy Mary and St. Anne, pray for us!
8.5 x 11 acid-free archival paper, with about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture. Cardboard backer. Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
IMPORTANT!!! The image is smaller than the paper.
Standard size. If you would like us to frame it for you, please select a frame above, under "Framing".
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