"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.
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.
There's also a bit of symbolism in here (typical of me
). 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!