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Saint Maria Goretti by Theophilia Saint Maria Goretti by Theophilia
"Saint Maria Goretti"
August 24th, 2009
India Ink, watercolor pencils, pencil

Saint Maria Goretti's Feast day is on July 6th.


This is ~elavoria's requested picture. And it is FINALLY done! It's funny, because I started this picture first, but I wanted to double check the Latin translation for a long time and that didn't get done until a few days ago. :XD: Ah well. So here it is! I hope you like it Elavoria!

The story of Maria Goretti: (16 October 1890 – 6 July 1902) She was a poor girl brought up in a poor Catholic Italian family. She lived through many hardships but her family stuck close together and loved each other very much. On the 5th of July in 1902, when she was eleven, a neighbor of theirs, Alessandro Serenelli came and threatened her to sleep with him or else he would kill her. She refused, saying that it was a sin and that he would go to hell. He choked her and she still refused to give into his demands so he stabbed her fourten times and ran away. On her deathbed she forgave Alessandro and died with her family around her. Alessandro was captured only a little while later. After remaining hardened and obstinate, he finally repented after he had seen a vision of Maria in heaven. He later became a lay brother and was with her mother on Maria's canonization.

For more information and details abou her life, look here: [link]

The banner above her head says "Pro pudicitia nunc et donec finis." or "For purity, now and until the end of time" in Latin. :D There's also a bit of symbolism in here (typical of me :roll:). The red and gold border symbolizes martyrdom and purity's crown. The garland of roses on Maria Goretti's head again symbolizes purity and martyrdom. The palm branch and the lilies represent the martyr's triumph and virginity, respectively. (The angels below are also holding the palm branch, lilies and knife that killed her.) Between the angels is the scene where Maria visits Alessandro Serenelli in his prison cell and gives him lillies.

I hope it finally looks more like stained glass now. I discovered the secret! Just add lots of black in between the shapes!
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:iconvirlandopf:
VirlandoPF Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Work :) Similar story has a blessed Karolina Kózka ;)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I just looked her up! I'd never heard of her before!
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lovesonnetxvii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!  I actually attended mass in a church named after her.  I love everything you did here--esp. the use of symbols.  
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm going to try and make an icon of her sometime in the summer when her feast day comes around again. :nod:
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sullobog Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
i love your art so much
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! ^^
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:iconjapan112899:
japan112899 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
wow, is this Gothic style?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sort of, yeah, but it's not very good. :XD:
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:iconjapan112899:
japan112899 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Your wrong. It's actually excellent
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:iconmel-n-krys:
Mel-n-Krys Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So I'm trying to find a really good saint picture and I really liked this one. Then I realized why...because I liked the St. Cecilia one so much, too. Hahah.

~ Krys
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahahah, why thank you! ;-)
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:iconladyeri:
ladyeri Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Photographer
wow, so beautiful and intricate...Maria Goretti was a very inspireing person.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah she is. :aww:
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ImitatingLight333 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Beautiful style! And she's one of my fave saints
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^ She's an awesome saint. :D
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ImitatingLight333 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
You're welcome! God bless!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God Bless you too! :glomp:
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:iconmeldelen:
Meldelen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great too! :O
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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brownieblush Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
You my friend, are too talented.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: Thanksies. :blushes: ^^;
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oh sorry for posting it twice, it was an accident. I can't figure how to remove it....
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's okay, I've doen that before when my computer was being bizarre.
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning artwork, the details are just amazing! She has a very sad but definitely inspiring background story, it can really make a person feel the warmth of God's mercy....

I think that I'm not going to comment on your religious artworks hhaha, they are all so beautiful. I'm just going to fave them all!

Great job as always!

Dominus tecum.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blushes: And thank you so much for all of the :+fav:s! :aww:
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome! You talents in art are worth it =)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ ^
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning artwork, the details are just amazing! She has a very sad but definitely inspiring background story, it can really make a person feel the warmth of God's mercy....

I think that I'm not going to comment on your religious artworks hhaha, they are all so beautiful. I'm just going to fave them all!

Great job as always!

Dominus tecum.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009   Traditional Artist
So beautiful,i like the serenity of it,the warm and calming colours,the ever fantastic,detailed work on the frame..the lettering is lovely as well.
Congratulations for all your work and the patience it demands. :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thabk you! :aww: Yes, I love the gothic style, I'm very much obsessed with it. :XD:

THANK YOU!!!! :hug: :blushes: :glomp:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
Haha,i know,i like such kind of lettering too. :D
And you're welcome anytime of course. :)
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a beautiful piece. :heart: Saint Maria Goretti is one of my favourite saints. :love: Good job portraying her; I love the stained glass window effect. :aww:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: She's a lot of peoples' favorie saint. :D She is very well loved down here on earth, the dear little saint! :rose: :aww:
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:iconfaetian:
FaeTian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed she is! :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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GreenInkling Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
It really does look like stained glass. It's gorgeous.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks GreenInkling! I'm glad I finally for that effect! :D
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:iconithelda:
Ithelda Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is very beautiful. Lovely colors! The borders you do never fail to astound me :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks! And comin from you, queen of ink detailing, that is quite a compliment! Thank you! :hug: :glomp:
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
She looks so peaceful and innocent! ^^ This is quite pretty.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Nimphaiwe! :D :dance:
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:iconzionprime:
zionprime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
this is awesome.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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sullobog Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
saint maria goretti pray for us, that we might hear your story and be inspired to follow Christ in His path of purity, pure love and forgiveness
Amen
wow, amazing art as always, nice to see the old symbolism being used for a very modern saint
I never heard of this saint before, thank you so much for sharring her story, God will reward you soooooo much for spreading the stories of His saints
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen! w00t!:

Really? She is very famous and poular, much like Saint Therese, especially with Catholic teens nowadays. :D :aww: You are very welcome, she has an amazing story!
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ssejllenrad2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
One of the most touching stories. She's really one of my favourite saints. Good work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ ^ Thanks! She is a very amazing little saint! :aww:
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Beshflorin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the info..
That is really inspiring...staying with God despite being threatened.
Forgiveness
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed it is! :aww: She is an amazing girl.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As usual, all the detail work you put into the frame is amazing. And the stained glass effect is amazing - it really does look like a window with the light shining through. Just add lots of black, you say? :D
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