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New! St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr – Catholic Art – Archival Quality

New! St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr – Catholic Art – Archival Quality

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This is what St. John Fisher actually looked like. The drawing is by Hans Holbein the Younter, the premier portrait artist of Europe in the 16th Century. All the paintings you see of Fisher are based on this sketch, and as well on the bust sculpture done by Pietro Torrigiano. Both were done by men who were looking at Fisher. The two, sketch and bust, look more like each other than the numerous painted copies that followed. We wanted to present you with the most reliably lifelike appearance of the Saint available.

St. John Fisher's story, as you may know, was that he alone of all the bishops of England would not agree that Henry VIII was the supreme Earthly ruler of the Church in England. All the other bishops, in confraternity, elected to save their own skins and their jobs and went along with Henry. Fisher was made a cardinal by the pope shortly before his death. The red that cardinals wear is a symbol of their willingness to follow the way of Christ to the passion and death, and St. John Fisher, now recognized even by the Church of England as a Saint, chose that way instead of "opting out."

The sketch, done perhaps in 1532 or even when Fisher was in the Tower awaiting execution, had some messiness to it by someone later on, no doubt trying to be helpful. We have spent some time removing the stains and messiness, which provides a cleaner, more lifelike image, but purists may find it too helpful. :) Blessings to you all in these difficult times, benedictiones in omnibus vobis.

For those of you who prefeer a portrait, we have selected this 16th Century version as the most like this sketch:

Canonized in 1935. Feast Day: June 22, the day he was executed. The Church of England gives his Saint's Feast Day as July 6, the day Thomas More was executed.

Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John

There is a blank white margin around the paper, 1/2" for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", and 1.6" for 11x14", and 1.75" for the 13x17" and 16x20".
For the poster sizes, 18x24" and 24x36", those are cropped and printed to the edge of the paper, without borders.

-Archival-quality print. Printed with archival pigments designed to last for generations when kept dry and out of the direct sun.
-Acid-free paper. Image is smaller than paper!!
-Cardboard backer.
-Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag
-Comes with the above story of the image.

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"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 - Classic Catholic Art.
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