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St Joan of Arc – by Frank Godwin

St Joan of Arc – by Frank Godwin

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“Joan of Arc”
by Frank Godwin

We love the American dramatic arts! The movies, comics, and novels. We also love the Golden Age of Illustration, an American art movement retroactively named by admirers of the great American illustrators of the early Twentieth Century, such as Norman Rockwell or Jessie Wilcox Smith. Frank Godwin, the artist of this exciting Joan of Arc painting, was one of them. He did book and magazine covers amongst many other things. This is from The Book of Courage, by Hermann Hagedorn, published in 1930.

We find it thrilling and a great chance to see St. Joan through an American lens. We have looked at thousands of Joan of Arc paintings. They are usually either her in jail or at the stake, or, like this one, holding the banner and leading the charge. Of the latter, this is one of our absolute favorites! It stirs the American part of our Catholic heart! This is a great picture for any young person taking Joan as a Confirmation Saint, or anyone like us who just loves cool Catholic stuff.

An art historian, Jim Vadeboncoeur, said of Godwin, “His use of pen and brush in the same illustration demonstrated an understanding of the medium that set his work apart from his contemporaries. It, combined with his tonal skills, gave his work a depth and weight that was seldom equaled.” (source:

– 8.5 x 11" 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.

** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.

If you would like us to frame it for you, please select a frame above.

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 – Classic Catholic Art.

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