DOLOMITE MARIAN IMAGES: An Exhibition of Marian Statues and Bas Reliefs

by the Monastic Sisters of Bethlehem


Exhibited at the Marian Library: February 10 - March 28, 1997

[Holy Family Traveling]
Holy Family Traveling
The Monastic Family of Bethlehem and of the Assumption of the Virgin was founded on November 1, 1950, at St. Peter's Square in Rome, when Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The inspiration which a group of French pilgrims then received may be expressed in this way:

That throughout the world there may exist religious communities devoted to silent adoration, striving to live in continual reference to what the Virgin Mary lives in heaven where she has been taken up with her soul and her body, into the glory of the Three Divine Persons, hidden for ever with Christ in God.

The vocation of the communities consists in listening to the Gospel with the Virgin Mary in the heart of the Church, in love, in solitude, through liturgical life, study, work and poverty. In order to fulfill this vocation more perfectly, the Monasteries of Bethlehem receive St. Bruno's fatherhood and his wisdom of life.


The first community of sisters began in 1951. The Monks' Community was founded in 1976, in the Massif of Chartreuse. As of 1996, there were 450 Sisters in twenty-five monasteries disseminated in eight countries and forty-five monks in three monasteries.

The Sisters of Bethlehem earn their living by working with their hands. Through their artwork, they seek to convey something of God's beauty and truth. Their work itself is accomplished in prayer, praise to the Creator of all things and intercession for all those to whom these items are destined.

The Monastic Sisters arrived in Livingston Manor, New York, in May 1987. In this monastery, they earn their living by making medallions, icons and chinaware. They also sell dolomite statues, creches, crucifixes, and bas reliefs made in the monastery of Mougeres France.

Of ancient or modern inspiration, these works are made in dolomite, a stone from the Pyrenees in the south of France. It is reconstituted and can receive various patinas: unpolished stone, terracotta - tinted or polychrome -, and old ivory. It can be covered with genuine bronze. The patina of the ivory items and the polychromy of the terracottas is made by hand, which confers to each item a unique character.

WORKS DISPLAYED

Statues

Peasant Virgin (10 1/2" polychrome) ... $138.00
Annunciation (2 pc)

Mary (9 1/4" polychrome) ... $177.00
Gabriel (11 1/3" polychrome) ... $177.00
Nazareth (12" polychrome) ... $131.00
Virgin Eleousa (7 1/2" polychrome) ... $78.00
Pilar (Spanish Virgin, 10" polychrome) ... $128.00
Regina Caeli (6 3/4" polychrome) ... $81.50
Gate of Heaven (7" polychrome) ... $ 82.00
House Wife Virgin (9" polychrome) ... $87.00
David's Tower (11" polychrome) ... $97.00
Our Lady of Lourdes (11" polychrome) ... $79.00
Our Lady of Lourdes (6" wooden col.) ... $43.00
St. Anne and the Mother of God (9 1/2" ivory) ... $110.00

Crucifixes

Crucifix (2 1/4" ivory) ... $22.00
Crucifix (4 1/4" ivory) ... $44.00
Crucifix (16" ivory framed) ... $226.00

Medals

Virgin (1" ivory) ... $16.00
Virgin (1 3/8" ivory) ... $20.00
Carthusian Seal - 13th c. (1 3/8" ivory) ... $18.00

Bas Reliefs

Virgin of Tenderness (8" polychrome) ... $143.00
Nazareth (8" polychrome) ... $147.00
Annunciation (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Visitation (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Nativity (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Presentation in the Temple (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Finding of Jesus in the Temple (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Crucifixion (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Resurrection (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Ascension (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Assumption (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Coronation of the Virgin Mary (8" polychrome) ... $110.00
Christ in Glory (12 1/2" polychrome) ... $121.00
Christ Teacher (4 1/4" ivory) $47.00
Christ Teacher (2" ivory) ... $27.50
Virgin (4 1/4" ivory) ... $47.00
Virgin of Tenderness (2" ivory) ... $27.50
Diptych (2" ivory) ... $54.00
Nativity (3" ivory) ... $35.50
Holy Family Travelling (7 1/2" ivory) ... $68.00
St. Anne and the Mother of God (4 1/4" ivory) ... $47.00

Nativity Sets

Nativity (4 pc. set) ... $123.00
Nativity (12 pc. set) ... $370.00


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