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Adoration of the Shepherds – Jos Speybrouck – Catholic Art Print – Unique Catholic Gift – Christmas – Archival Quality

Adoration of the Shepherds – Jos Speybrouck – Catholic Art Print – Unique Catholic Gift – Christmas – Archival Quality

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The Latin at the bottom of this picture is from Luke 2:12, and it translates to, "You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." They were the words the herald angel said to the shepherds when he invited them to come worship the newborn Savior. The angel stands behind the creche like a cross, arms out, his robes around his feet in folds like gnarled tree roots. He is overseeing this joyful moment, and blessing it, as well as foreshadowing the end for which the Savior was born.

This rare and splendid example of Art Deco Catholic art was done by Jozef "Jos" Speybrouck (1891-1956), a Belgian artist who specialized in Catholic images. He made his art with brilliant colors and clear lines, and worked in many media, including printmaking and illustration. He felt his mission was to uplift the faithful with art that was beautiful as well as catechistical. (source: According to the source, this painting was done in 1924, and measures 22.25 x 14.5 inches including letters.

A devout Catholic, Speybrouck worked closely with the Benedictines in Bruges from 1923 until the war in creating Illustrations of the liturgical calendar. He was a professor of painting and drawing at the Institute of Our Lady of Flanders in Kortrijk and elsewhere.

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a white border of about 0.5" inch for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", or 1.6" for 11x14" pictures. All Approx! Fine art printers do this because the images are almost never the same rectangular ratio of the standard paper sizes. It also gives the prints a finished look, and lets them look good in a frame without 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

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

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