Life Size Celine Sister Genevieve 1909 Prix Of The International Exhibition Of Religious Art Wood-Duke (Holland)
.original article/... Several weeks after Thérèse 's death, that the King of Italy, by a decree dated November 10, 1897, authorized the public showing and veneration of the Holy Shroud of Turin. In March 1898, the precious Relic was taken from its circular leaden coffin, and became the occasion of many pilgrimages and publications. Mr. Guerin bought Mr. Vignon's book: "The Winding Sheet of Christ" (The Shroud of Christ Scientific Study Paul Vignon Masson Paris publisher 1902) and gave it to his niece, Celine, knowing her interest in photographic endeavors. - The Shroud Of Christ By Paul Vignon Translated from French by Nine Photogravure And Collotype Plates And Thirty-Eight Illustrations In The Text archive.org
In the cell, during the evening silence, Sister Genevieve would have spread the plates that represented in the negative, that had been imprinted so mysteriously upon the spice-laden linen, and would be gale at it with deep emotion. "It is indeed my Jesus, such as I have pictured Him ... And studying the traces of our lives by the wounds I followed the impression of the cruel crown of thorns I saw the blood, coagulating in the hair, and Running down in large drops., The first eye of the head, one of the head of the eye. and the right eye is puffed up.I saw the upper part of the nose is broken, the right cheek and nostrils swollen by the servant's blow, the beard all covered with blood ... Then, no longer able to contain myself, I covered this adorable Face with my kisses and bathed It with my tears. I made the resolution to paint a Holy Face after this ideal I had seen. "
Sister Geneviève could not set herself to the task until Easter 1904, when she executed a first sketch in charcoal. The printing firms who were contacted found the reproduction defective, offering the opinion that it would be better to make a painting in black and white. She started the work again in 1905, during paschal time, Sundays, feast days and hours of silence. She worked with a picture of the face of Christ, life size, and even using the same thread. ./...
It was in fact a masterpiece, which in March 1909, won the Grand Prix of the International Exhibition of Religious Art of 's-Hertogenbosch, in Holland. The picture, of indisputable nobility in its tragic realism, has been popularized by millions and millions of copies. The saintly Pius X, one being shown the picture, contemplating it at length, murmuring several times: "How beautiful it is!" and added, with his usual kindness, "I want to give a souvenir to the religious who made that." He has a large bronze medal with his portrait engraved in relief. We want to be more than happy to be exhibited at the Salon (the annual French art exhibition).
Sister Genevieve also painted Christ at the Column and Crucifixion, both based on the Holy Shroud. For these she had recourse to the best founded historic explanations. An ardent conviction, which is one of the most popular themes of the Savior's Passion and the establishment of His reign through the Cross, the same cause to be written in the Office and Mass in honor of the Holy Face . Circular of Sr. Genevieve Celine Martin (1869-1959) chapter IV: In The Luminous Path of Celine Thereslan Glory Life and works link