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  • Brandon Acree

    blessed saint architeuthis 24” x 48” oil on canvas 2008 Saint Architeuthis is the patron saint of doomed sailors. While the origins of the saint remain unclear, it’s recent history and worship are well documented. Whalers who turned their attention to catching giant squid and sea serpents in the 19th century, began asking Saint Architeuthis for mercy whenever a hunt would go awry, which was fairly frequent. When hunting for such animals, one would sometimes be thrown over board or a boat would sink exposing the men to whatever was in the water at the time. A sailor would ask Saint Architeuthis for the quick and relatively painless death of drowning, rather than the hideous demise of being ripped apart by the beak of the squid or chewed up in the sea serpent’s hideous maw. Often, men would have visions of Saint Architeuthis who would appear before them in the form of a gigantic, yet benevolent squid wearing a bishop’s mitre and carrying tools of the squid hunter’s trade.

  • Andre Simpson

    Iconic representation of the Blessed Saint Architeuthis, patron saint to Doomed Sailors {oil on canvas by Skot Olsen}

  • Gorgonia

    Blessed Saint Architeuthis by Skot Olsen #octopus #tentacles - Carefully selected by GORGONIA www.gorgonia.it

  • nerdia

    Skot Olsen's Amazing Giant Squid Art at The Shooting Gallery

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