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Fordham University Church

Bronx, NY

Side altarpieces

Holy Family; Three Jesuit Saints, 1942

Commissioned by: Maginnis & WalshMedium: oil and gold leaf on wood panelExecuted by: Hildreth MeièreAdditional fabricators: Louis Ross, gilding

Saints Aloysius, John Berchmans, and Stanislaus Kostka

Saints Aloysius, John Berchmans, and Stanislaus Kostka

For the two side altars at Fordham University Church, Hildreth Meière painted Saints Aloysius, John Berchmans, and Stanislaus Kostka and the Holy Family. Today the paintings hang in the main sanctuary of the church, although they are no longer placed above altars.

The Holy Family

The Holy Family

Meière painted her full-scale color cartoon for the Holy Family in gouache on brown paper using gold paint to indicate the background. She applied strips of gold foil to distinguish the halos of Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child.

Full-scale cartoon for the Holy Family in gouache on brown paper, with applied gold foil for the Holy Family’s halos and gold paint for the background

Full-scale cartoon for the Holy Family in gouache on brown paper, with applied gold foil for the Holy Family’s halos and gold paint for the background

Restored cartoon for the Holy Family

Restored cartoon for the Holy Family

Fordham University recently restored Meière’s cartoon for the Holy Family. It is on view in the William D. Walsh Family Library, together with her full-scale color studies for the right and left side panels of the main altarpiece, Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces and Saints.

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Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

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