Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Saint Martin de Porres ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.
Born in 1579 in Lima, Peru, the illegitimate son of a Spanish noble and a black former slave, Saint Martin de Porres is known for the work he did for the poor and sick during his life. He is the patron Saint of many things, incuding people of mixed race, Peru and public health. He is usually shown with a broom to symbolise that he saw no job as beneath him and the austerity of his life. He died in 1639 and was canonised in 1962.


Theresa Bayer said...

This is wonderful! Have you thought of doing a saints' calendar?

Mark said...

Thanks Theresa. I have and hope to next year - I need to do a few more Saint portraits first! :)

Erika Nelson said...

Ohh great idea about a saints calendar, I can't believe you don't have enough yet! I've prayed to St. Martin pretty much through my whole conscious childhood!