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Meditation of The Holy Virgin (1889) bySarah Paxton Ball Dodson

Meditation of The Holy Virgin (1889) bySarah Paxton Ball Dodson

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"Meditation of The Holy Virgin"
Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (1889)

This graceful and lovely portrait of Mary evokes her calm and peace. She is seated quietly in a prayerful meditation. The painting is full of blues for Mary, and whites, such as the lilies, which represent her purity. It's not just that the setting is calm, but the colors themselves are serene.

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (1847-1906) enjoyed art from age three, but her father disapproved, so she waited until he died in 1872 before she studied at an art school. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts but spent most of her life in Europe, painting religious and historical subjects as well as landscapes. She made a name for herself, exhibiting work at Parisian Salons and elsewhere. Today this is one of her most famous paintings.

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a blank border all around the image of about .5" for 5x7, 1.3" for 8.5x11, 1.6" for 11x14, and 1.75" for 13x17" All Approx! The white space gives the framed picture a finished look without using a matt.

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!

Sue & John

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Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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