MAGNIFICAT

Left Second Adam
Detail of “Second Adam”
oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; polyptych, 125″ x 155″
Magnificat is comprised of two large altarpieces that were begun in a bottega style course that I taught in Orvieto, Italy in Fall of 2003. The panels were prepared by apprentices in the traditional manner: many layers of traditional marble-dust and chalk gesso, with each layer carefully sanded and prepared for painting. Townsfolk from Orvieto posed as models for various scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary––and students helped to interview, research, and participate generally in my research for the project. The panels were begun that Fall and were taken up again in summer of 2005 when I had a “Studio Aperto” during my exhibition at the Palazzo dei Sette in Orvieto. I had the ten panels shipped stateside to my studio in Massachusetts, and completed the altarpieces over the next couple of years. The final two pieces toured the United States after being installed at the Monastero San Paolo in Orvieto for two years between 2009 and 2011, after which they were returned to the States. They are, as of this writing (Fall 2013), touring in the USA again: Laity Lodge in Texas, New City Church in Phoenix, Canton Museum of Art, and the Marian Library at University of Dayton.

Miriam, Virgin Mother
oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; triptych, 95″ x 154″

Left-Panel---Miriam-(1)
Miriam, Virgin Mother (detail)
oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; triptych, 95″ x 154″,
collection of Gordon College
Overshadowed facial detail
Miriam, Virgin Mother
detail central panel – “Overshadowed”
Second Adam
oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; polyptych, 125″ x 155″
Detail from Second Adam
Second Adam
detail of Christ crucified
Mary's-face-Cana
Second Adam
detail of younger Virgin Mary
Mater Dolorosa
Second Adam
detail of older Virgin Mary figure
Right-Panel---Second-Adam(cropped)
Second Adam
Right Panel Detail
Installation view of Second Adam
San Paolo Monastery, Orvieto, Italy