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St. Valentine by Maxfield Parrish – Catholic Art Print

St. Valentine by Maxfield Parrish – Catholic Art Print

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Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was one of America's most popular painters. For many decades he painted dreamy, romantic scenes for galleries and magazines. This charming painting of St. Valentine was done for the February 2, 1905 cover of Life Magazine. It makes a unique, old-fashioned Valentine gift.

Parrish typically made his paintings with many layers of lacquer and paint. This made the colors pop and seemed to make the light sources shine of their own accord. But the paintings do not age well. (See example.) The lacquer turns yellow and the paintings get so they look like they are encased in amber.

We are grateful to be the only ones in the world who as of this writing have pulled the yellow out and restored this Valentine to something very close to its original delightful colors. Of note, Parrish had made his own face that of Valentine's, another touch of whimsy. (source:

The historical St. Valentine was a Catholic priest who, at a time when the Roman emperor Claudius II had forbade his soldiers to marry, encouraged marriage. He was arrested, and the legend is he wrote Julia, the jailor's daughter, letters from prison telling her of God's love. He always signed them "Your Valentine," and made such an impression on the people of his time as a model of love that they began to sign such notes "Your Valentine," just as we still do today. He was martyred February 14, 270 AD.

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a blank border all around the image of about .5" for 5x7, 1.3" for 8.5x11, 1.6" for 11x14, and 1.75" for 13x17" and 16"x20". All Approx! The white space gives the framed picture a finished look without using 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 - Classic Catholic Art.
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