Sanctuary

  • Alexander Bogardy, Sanctuary, 1960, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1990.97.2

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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.

Title
Sanctuary
Artists
Date
1960
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 29 7/8 in. (50.8 x 76.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – religious – sanctuary
  • Religion – saint
Object Number
1990.97.2
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