Woman's Army Corp, France. Patron of Spiritual Warrior, Divine Guidance.
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) was born in 1412 in the remote town of Domrémy in France. Joan witnessed her peasant village burn before the age of 12 by the French Burgundians. The Burgundians sided with the King of England, trying to help him win the French throne toward the end of the Hundred Year War. At the age of 12 the Archangel Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret spoke to Joan in the field by her house. She was greatly joyed by their presence and cried when they left because they were "so beautiful". At age 17, they told her to go to Charles of France to ask for an army to defeat the English. The young, uncrowned king gave her a small army which she led to victory in d' Orleans in 1429, changing the course of the Hundred Year War. Joan was an innocent caught in the politics. She was eventually captured by the Burgundians, sold to the British and tried in a biased court that found her to be a heretic and burned her at the stake.
"O beloved St. Joan, girl of unshakeable courage and faith,
I pray that I may have the courage, wisdom, and faith
to carry me through all the battles I face."
- 5 1/2" x 8 3/4"
About the Artist
Lynn Garlick started carving, painting, and producing her retablos in 1993. Her workshop is located in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico, a landscape richly steeped in religious iconography and history. The retablo, or ʻboard behind the alterʼ, was originally created in New Mexico in the 1800ʼs in response to the lack of Bibles and Icons being sent from the church in Rome. The Santero (saint maker) painted retablos from pigment collected and ground from the local surroundings. The boards were hand hewed usually of ponderosa pine or tin. The practice has carried down through the generations and is still done this way today. Lynn paints her originals retablos on traditional pine boards carving and then paints them. To create her production work the images are mounted on baltic birch.
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