Basilica features icon art

| March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary’s Pope John XXIII gallery is currently featuring an exhibit of 21 paintings and icons by Father John Giuliani, an icon artist known for depicting Jesus and the saints in the faces and imagery of Native American peoples.

Father Giuliani had an early interest in art, but put it aside when he was ordained.

After years of teaching and nurturing his faith community, he returned to his love of art and studied icon painting under a master in the Russian Orthodox style in New York.

Father Giuliani is the 2007 recipient of the Mother Teresa Award for Religious Art. In 2001, he was asked to create the banner for the annual Pallio in Sienna, Italy.

His work has been exhibited at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Marian Institute in Dayton, Ohio, the Basilica of St. Mary and at the Aldrich Museum in Ridge­field, Conn. Several dozen of his works are in private collections throughout the country.

“My intent in depicting Christian saints as Native Americans is to honor them and to acknowledge their original spiritual presence on this land,” he said.

“It is this original Native American spirituality that I attempt to celebrate in rendering the beauty and excellence of their craft as well as the dignity of their persons.”

The Pope John XXIII gallery is located in the lower level of The Basilica’s undercroft.

The gallery is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and other times by appointment. The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 8.

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