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The Assumption
of the Virgin

by El Greco.
The Assumption of the Virgin by El Greco

El Greco (1541-1614) painted The Assumption of the Virgin 1577–1579. It is part of a series of the nine paintings he completed for the church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, Toledo, Spain. It is now in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Thu, Jun 23rd - 1:24PM

Judith in the Tent of Holofernes by Johann Liss
Judith in the Tent of Holofernes by Johann Liss

Johann Liss (c.1595-c.1629) was born in Holstein, Germany and painted Judith in the Tent of Holofernes in Rome around 1625. It was presented to the National Gallery, London by John Archibald Watt Dollar in 1931.

The subject is from the Book of Judith. In the war between the Israelites and the Assyrians, Judith goes to the Assyrian camp, pretending to be an informer against her people, and charms Holofernes, who invites her to a banquet in his tent. At the banquet, Holofernes becomes drunk and falls asleep. Judith seizes a sword, beheads him, wraps the severed head in a bag, and returns with it to her people. The jubilant Israelites then attack the leaderless Assyrians, who flee in panic.

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Fri, Jun 17th - 8:36AM

Belshassar's Feast by Rembrandt
Belshassar's Feast by Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) painted Belshassar's Feast around 1636-8. It is now in the National Gallery, London.

Belshazzar, King of Babylon, was hosting a banquet. Suddenly a hand appeared and wrote "Mene mene tekel u-parsin" on the wall. Daniel was summoned: he said "Mene" meant that God would end Belshazzar's rule; "Tekel" meant that God found him greedy; "Parsin" meant that his kingdom would be split up. Later that night, Belshazzar was killed and Persia took over Babylon.

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Sat, Jun 11th - 6:21AM

The Martyrdom of Saint Serapion by Francisco de Zurbarán
The Martyrdom of Saint Serapion by Zurbaran

Serapion was born around 1179 in Ireland. He went to Spain where he joined the Mercedarian Order in 1222. In 1240, he took the place of Christian hostages that were held by the Moors. When the ransom for his release was not recieved the Moors nailed him on an X-shaped cross and dismembered him.

The Martyrdom of Saint Serapion was painted in 1628 by Spanish artist Francisco Zurbarán (1598–1664). It is in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Sun, Jun 5th - 8:14AM

Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy by Caravaggio
Ecstasy of St Francis by Caravaggio

St. Francis had embarked on a journey to Mt. La Verna for a forty day fast and to contemplate God. On the mountainside at night an angel came down to Francis in answer to the saint's prayer that he might know both Christ's suffering and His love.

Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy was painted by by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610) in 1596. It is in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
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