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    January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. The beautiful picture above, called “ Blue Madonna”  was painted by Irena Jakus. Irena’s apostolate is called Holy Art - Jeweled Masterpieces for God's Glory. For more information on Irena's work, contact us.

    detail from Bouguereau's Pietà -- up-close of Mary and Jesus. Just look at her face. :'(

    The Three Marys at the Tomb, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905 French)

    Mary Queen of Scots bust - de Young Museum, San Francisco, photo courtesy of Shirley Caputo (I tired to find out if this was housed in America or was just on loan but haven't found a lot about it. Mary was a Scots though so regardless to where the bust is, she belongs here).

    "Losst in Dreams" by James C. Christensen In mythology, winged creatures are often messengers of the gods; they are a symbol of freedom and spirituality and a character having one wing is said to be lost in dreams.

    Breton Brother and Sister William Bouguereau (French, La Rochelle 1825–1905 La Rochelle) Date: 1871 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 50 7/8 x 35 1/8 in. (129.2 x 89.2 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887 Accession Number: 87.15.32 This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 809

    The Exile, Museo Nacional Soares dos Reis, la obra maestra de 1872, Oporto, Portugal

    #Chihuly glass installation in the Bellagio Hotel lobby I need to see this in person.

    James A.M.Whistler, Symphony in White, No. 1, 1862--this is stunning to see in the National Gallery...life-sized or even larger.

    :: Gaston La Touche (1854-1913), Une jeune fille dans la contemplation ::