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Illuminated text study of Beatitudes and, in Latin, Matthew ... Image 1

Illuminated text study of Beatitudes and, in Latin, Matthew 24:19-20

Date unknown
Graphite, black ink and watercolor with guidelines in graphite
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2015
15 x 18 in.

Description & Inscriptions

At left Oakley simply transcribes the Beatitudes, which are the eight blessings Jesus identifies in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. [The Beatitudes, or Revealed Law, was also the subject of one of Oakley’s murals for the Supreme Court Chamber at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.] On the opposite page, Oakley employs illuminated initials and calligraphy for a Latin transcription of verses also from the Gospel of Matthew, which roughly translate as: “How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.”


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