Monday, March 30, 2015

Cover Art: St Brigit and Her Ale by Anna Pierlot

The cover art here is from the February 2013 issue of Catholic Insight, depicting St Brigit pouring ale from a barrel into a pitcher, with a straw cross swinging from her belt. The artist, Anna Pierlot, is a student at Campion College in NSW, Australia.

She says, about her painting,

"This piece depicts St. Brigid, patron of Ireland (along with St. Patrick). She is often shown holding a reed cross, a crozier of the sort used by abbots, along with some source of fire or light. Fire is a central image connected with St. Brigid; nuns at her monastery are said to have kept burning a sacred eternal flame. She is said to have had the power to multiply such things as butter, bacon, and milk; she is shown here brewing beer."

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