Saint with White Sleeves by James Christensen
With the shimmering gold of her halo complemented by the gold-leaf embroidery in her dress, this unnamed saint stands poised and reflective, the white folds of her mantle reminiscent of angel’s wings.
Part of Christensen’s Saints and Angels collection, this piece invites the viewer to slow down, contemplate, and meditate upon the deeper things of life.
The subject of “Saint with White Sleeves” does not appear to be a specific saint and the model for this striking portrait was likely one of the Master’s patrons. It was customary at the time for the wealthy to request that their portraits incorporate characteristics of saints or angels. In “Saint with White Sleeves,” the halo suggests a saint, yet the white sleeves hint at angel’s wings.
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