This painting beautifully honors St. Ignatius of Loyola and is an ideal patron saint day gift (Ignatius’ is July 31st). St. Ignatius of Loyola (ca. 1491-1556) was the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), which is Pope Francis’ religious order. This Catholic Saint painting is a fitting award for students and staff of Jesuit schools, universities and retreat houses. This saint painting is an ideal patron saint day gift (July 31st), birthday gift, confirmation gift, and vow jubilee gift! Also a perfect “Thank You!” gift for those special donors to your Jesuit institution!
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass – an art technique through which the artist paints a painting on the reverse side of a glass surface. Reverse paintings are extremely challenging to do well since – in painting a face, for example – the artist must first paint the pupil of an eye on the glass before painting the iris. This is exactly the opposite of how one normally paints a painting. The artist will not be able to go back and change or correct anything done earlier since the surface between the glass and the paint already applied is no longer accessible at all. An artist in Poland who specializes in religious art painted this and many other reverse oil paintings on glass. The elderly mother of the artist enclosed each of these beautiful paintings in a handmade frame with a leather back. Every icon is unique in detail, color and depiction. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
Companion of Jesus
In this painting, St. Ignatius holds a book that reads, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, the Latin motto of the Jesuits which translates as “for the greater glory of God.” This is a motto that we can all take to heart and hope to emulate. This unique and bright painting is an ideal way to bring a touch of Jesuit spirituality into your own life.