Tuesday, December 20, 2022

The Sacred Art of René de Cramer

The period from about 1880 to the First World War is often referred to as the “Belle Époque”, in English, the “beautiful era.” While certainly I would say that as a rule, in art, music and architecture, it was undoubtedly more “belle”' than today, I have generally held the view that it is not the strongest period for Catholic sacred art. Nevertheless, I recently saw this article posted by my friend, Deacon Lawrence Klimecki about a Belgian artist of this period, René de Cramer (1876-1951), which made me wonder if I had misjugded the period. Here are some photos of his work; the first four are from the basilica of Sainte-Thérèse in Lisieux, France.

Two of the Beatitudes: blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are they how show mercy.
The Holy Trinity
The Apotheosis of St Thérèse
The Adoration of the Lamb; from the basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium
The Virgin Giving the Rosary to St Dominic (ca. 1905-10?)

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