Tuesday, November 3


Recent Work from Matthew Alderman

Matthew Alderman. St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr. Ink. Private Collection, England.

It would be interesting to see how many different details--both of the saint's rather complex legend and those of liturgical interest--our readers could pick out of this particular image. I will restrict myself to saying that the client instructed me to make sure the saint was shown in traditional vestments, an instruction I took as far as I possibly could--down to the Spanish collar on his dalmatic, the biretta, and the maniple. Certainly the real Vincent never wore these, but it is a testament to the Communion of Saints that stands outside of time, and reminds us that Christian iconography and Christian archaeology are two rather different things.

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