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Sanctuary

1960 Alexander Bogardy Born: Hungary 1901 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1992 oil on paperboard 20 x 29 7/8 in. (50.8 x 76.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1990.97.2 Not currently on view


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Alexander Bogardy traveled every day from his small apartment on Capitol Hill to attend Mass, either by walking to a neighborhood church or traveling by bus to visit one of the larger, more majestic churches in Washington. He enjoyed these journeys immensely and many of his paintings show elements from the mosaics, statues, and architectural details of these ornate buildings. This painting shows two saints, with images of the stations of the cross in the background. The stations represent the main scenes of Christ’s suffering and death, and form a significant part of Catholic worship.

Keywords

Architecture - religious - sanctuary

Religion - saint

painting

folk art

paint - oil

paperboard

About Alexander Bogardy

Born: Hungary 1901 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1992

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