Alexander Bogardy, Sanctuary, 1960, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1990.97.2
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.
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20 x 29 7/8 in. (50.8 x 76.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the artist
- Architecture – religious – sanctuary
- Religion – saint
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