Our thanks and appreciation is extended to the Church
of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephen's, the pastor Rev. Sean Harlow,
O. Carm., Eva-Marie Lassiter, Executive Director; Rev. Edward Sheridan,
Pastor, St. Gabriel's Church, Jim and Natalie Beckert, Chapel of Our Lady
of the Blessed Sacrament Coordinators.
James Richard (Dick) and John Patrick (Pat) Alsop, BrumidiArt.com
|St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church’s new chapel, Our Lady of the Blessed
Sacrament, in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the first recipient of Constantino
Brumidi’s Stations of the Cross. Utilizing the Giclee process, these
fourteen canvases represent the finest possible reproductions of the newly
renovated Brumidi paintings. The Church
of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephens in New York City is home
to the largest collection of Brumidi’s art work outside of the Capitol
Constantino Brumidi, 1805-1880, was born in Rome and studied painting and sculpture at the Academia de San Luca. He painted frescos in several Roman palaces and in the 1840’s he was commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI and later by Pope Pius IX to work at the Vatican. In 1852, at the age of forty-seven, Brumidi emigrated to the United States. “I no longer have any desire for fame and fortune.” he remarked upon arriving in the United States, “My one ambition and my daily prayer is that I may live long enough to make beautiful the Capitol of the one country on earth in which there is liberty.”
His Apotheosis of George Washington in the Capitol Rotunda reflects that spirit of freedom, with his magnificent fresco of a seated Washington surrounded by a semi-circle of 15 maidens. Seated at his right is Liberty and at his left a trumpeting winged Victory. The other 13 maidens represent the original 13 states. It is an allegorical fresco of George Washington, whose deeds and virtue have found him worthy of ascending into Heaven.
Brumidi dedicated 27 years to decorating the United States Capitol building. He executed frescos in the north corridor, now called the “Brumidi corridor.” The Presidents room, the Senate reception room and many other committee rooms and corridors are adorned with his work. Many biographers refer to him as the “Michelangelo of the Capitol.” The 108th United States Congress unanimously recognized the life and work of Constantino Brumidi (HCR 264 & SCR 61). Some 43 murals, paintings and trompe l’oeil were completed at St. Stephens while Congress was in session. When in recess, he would return to the Capitol to complete his work there, earning the same $8 and $10 per day as the legislators.
Brumidi is recognized not only as the last great Baroque artist but also as an expert in trompe l’oeil, “trick of the eye” illusionary painting. His St. Michael, Archangel, is an extraordinary example of two-dimensional art which gives the illusion of being a three-dimensional marble sculpture. One of his most fascinating and spiritually engulfing murals is the largest crucifixion mural (22 ft x 44 ft.) in the United States. Located behind the altar at St. Stephen’s, an unusual aspect of his work is the placement of Mary Magdalene in the center of the mural, directly beneath the Crucifixion.
|Every effort has been made to provide the
finest reproductions of the treasured Brumidi art hidden for over a century
and a half. We have selected the finest materials and line drawing
computers for exact reproductions of his work. Canvas stretcher arms
and frames are of fine quality grades of kiln dried woods, accurately measured
and cut for hand assembly. We use a combination of "B" and "C" flute
corrugation for the special engineered shipping containers which give added
protection with nearly 7/16" inch of corrugation. Frames are packed
back to back and pads are placed between the paired frame facings to prevent
damage. Fourteen sets of metal security brackets (3 per frame) are
shipped for installation at the site.
Your cost for the Stations of the Cross is remarkably low. It has taken many weeks of planning and research to ferret out reliable sources for quality materials, workmanship and cost savings. We pass these savings on to you in anticipation that you will not only support our efforts towards raising money for the restorations but that every church, chapel, school and home will have an opportunity to take advantage of this spiritual art resource.
Aside from the release of other Brumidi art from St. Stephen's, we are currently working diligently toward making available exact reproductions of the miraculous impression of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the tilma of St. Juan Diego in the year 1531. These will not be the highly color enhanced prints as found in a few churches but reproductions derived from the original tilma. Pope John Paul II referenced Our Lady of Guadalupe as Our Lady of the Americas. Every church, classroom and home should be open to her presence. We plan to assist in making this possible, starting with exact copies, in the full original length of sixty inches. Smaller sizes to follow.