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Saint Martha of Bethany – Patron Saint of Housewives – from an Illuminated Manuscript – Catholic Art Print – Catholic Gift for Her

Saint Martha of Bethany – Patron Saint of Housewives – from an Illuminated Manuscript – Catholic Art Print – Catholic Gift for Her

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This is Lazarus's sister, the one Jesus chided for doing kitchen work while her sister Mary was sitting at his feet. Almost all of the Catholic images of her depict that episode, but it's important to remember that she was a Saint, a deeply faithful follower and friend of Jesus, the one who came across him while looking for his body after the crucifixion. She is also the one to whom Jesus said, before he raised her brother from the dead,
"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

This late medieval portrait of her is from a Dominican illuminated breviary made in Flanders as a gift from a nobleman to Queen Isabella, the one who financed Christopher Columbus. Martha is shown with medieval kitchen utensils, including keys to the pantry and possibly a cookbook. She is the patron Saint of Housewives and Cooks.
(Scripture quote from

The print is really sharp, and the colors are rich. We print it on special art paper with archival quality pigments, rated to last for many generations without fading when kept out of the direct sun.

** 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

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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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