Deep-Space Altarpieces

The impulse to make altarpieces of the sacred feminine rose seemingly out of the blue; however, years of devotion underlay it. I have merged the Madonnas in deep-space imagery (provided by NASA and Hubble), and with my nature photos (mostly indigenous flowers), thus symbolically bridging heaven and earth.

The altarpieces are printed on museum-quality Hahnemuhle paper, using archival inks. There are times when the print machine cannot read the full colour range as the blues especially go into orbit! I have experimented with printing on glass, metal and perspex to retain maximum luminosity, but thus far the cotton paper has worked the best.

Altarpiece #1

Magdalene: Giotto, 13th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #2

Madonna: da Vinci, 15th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #3

Madonna: Murillo, 17th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #4

Magdalene: Giotto, 13th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm 
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #5

Madonna: Unknown, 1510
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #6

Magdalene: Caravaggio, 1606
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #7

Angels: Giotto, 13th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm 
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #8

Magdalene: de Ribera, 1641
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #9

Madonna: Onorio Mariani, 17th C
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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Altarpiece #10

Magdalene: de la Tour, 1640
Small: 26.5cm x 20.5cm
Large: 38.5cm x 29.5cm

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‘I have exhaled perfume like cinnamon and acacia, I have breathed out a scent like choice myrrh… Inheriting me is sweeter than honeycomb. They who eat me will hunger for more.’ WISDOM SOPHIA

‘I have exhaled perfume like cinnamon and acacia, I have breathed out a scent like choice myrrh… Inheriting me is sweeter than honeycomb. They who eat me will hunger for more.’ WISDOM SOPHIA


Julia Casciola ©