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Sebastian Gives Zoe the Voice of the Nightingale

There is a story in The Golden Legend about Saint Sebastian miraculously giving a mute woman, Zoe, her voice back. I’ve thought about it, and decided to make Sebastian recording the song of nightingales on a wax cylinder recording to give to Zoe.

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Marcellus

Marcellus. A work in progress by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Nude with a skull of a long-horned steer. Inspired by the legend of Pope Marcellus I. Emperor Maximian, who ruled from 286 to 305, converted his church to a barn and he was condemned to spend the remainder of his days in menial labor, taking care of the animals.

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Marcellus

A simple little painting inspired by the legend of Pope Marcellus I. Emperor Maximian, who ruled from 286 to 305, converted his church to a barn and he was condemned to spend the remainder of his days in menial labor, taking care of the animals.
Study of a nude with the skull of a long-horned steer.

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St. Felix and the Spiders

Painting inspired by the story of Saint Felix in the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine. Saint Felix was a third century saint who evaded capture by Roman soldiers by hiding in a vacant house whilst spiders miraculously wove webs across the doorway, making it look like no one had passed through.

Felix here is an intrepid Victorian anthropologist, showing us spider specimens. Behind him is the chemical composition for spider venom written on the chalkboard. An entomologist’s reverie.
8″ x 10″ acrylic on acid free paper by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.

Felix does not contain the black bars nor the “My Good Babushka” watermark included here for security and formatting purposes.

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Felix

Felix. Work in progress today. St. Felix was a third century saint. There is a legend that he hid the persecuted bishop Maximus in a vacant building. Spiders came to his aid and spun webs across the doorway, fooling the centurions into believing no one had passed through that way. The soldiers were diverted and the two prisoners escaped and lived.
My Felix will be showing off his spider specimens. Work in progress by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.

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The Bird Feeder

The Bird Feeder. At My Good Babushka. Original acrylic painting 8″ x10″ on acid free paper by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Inspired by the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine. The story of St. Remy. Birds accompanied him whenever he sat down to eat, to share in his food. I imagined when he sat down to dine his arms grew long enough for his dinner companions to have a nice perch. Surreal fairy tale charm.

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The Birdfeeder

There is an apocryphal story in The Golden Legend of St. Remy, and how whenever he at the birds came down to share his meal because he was so gentle and blessed. I thought to depict this meal, being shared with the birds, too many birds, and Remy’s arms growing long enough for all the birds to perch on them as they were eating his bread.

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