Monday, May 18, 2009

NEW INFO ADDED: Wing and a prayer

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It is from the St. Ignatius Mission Church, Ignatius, Montana. An article on the historic church tells of the artist who painted its gorgeous murals:

Brother Joseph Carignano (1853-1919), an Italian Jesuit who was the cook at the mission for many years, painted 58 frescoes on the walls and ceiling of the church, despite no formal art training and only being able to work on the murals in between his regular jobs. The frescoes depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as well as portraits of several saints. Behind the main altar is a triptych of the three visions of St. Ignatius Loyola, and above that a mural of the Last Judgement. Pictures of Mary and Joseph adorn the side altars. These vibrant paintings throughout the church are awe-inspiring, appearing as fresh as if they had been painted yesterday.
More photos here.

Photo by Father Sean Raftis S.J.