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Saint Anne, Grandmother of the Church - Patron of Housewives, Mothers, and Grandmothers - Archival Print - Catholic Art

Saint Anne, Grandmother of the Church - Patron of Housewives, Mothers, and Grandmothers - Archival Print - Catholic Art

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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!

There is a white border around the image. About 0.5" for 5x7, 1.3" for 8.5x11", so the image is smaller than the paper!!!

- Acid-free fine art 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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"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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