Category: Portrait Traditional Art
Posted: November 19, 2008

St. John Bosco founder of the Salesians Society

St. John Bosco - The Dreamer

by Linda

Ten days ago when a priest asked me to paint St. John Bosco's portrait for the John Bosco Centre here in Kosovo I was full of apprehension and reluctance. After all, I had only ever completed one small portrait of Mother Theresa before this.

Further, I had no idea of who John Bosco was. When I told the priest this, he was not put off, but immediately went and found a photo and book of St. John Bosco and told me to keep it.

So I immediately knew two things. First, I would try to paint this portrait with all my heart, and second that this was going to be a huge challenge for me to do.

For those like me who had never heard of St. John Bosco I will give you a brief history of what I have now learned about his remarkable life. John Bosco (1815-1888) was born in a small village in Italy. For 60 years he experienced incredible vision-like dreams. At the age of nine he had his first dream-vision. His dreams contained clear and exact revelation of events to come. As many prophecies as he had made of all kinds of things came about before or after his death. Innumerable examples can be read in the Biographical Memoirs (twenty large volumes).

But John Bosco was far more than just a dreamer. He devoted his life to rescue disadvantaged youth and unfortunate outcasts. He succeeded in establishing a network of centres for this purpose and is the founder of the Salesians Society. John Bosco entered the seminary in 1835 and after six years of study was ordained a priest.

I hope you enjoy my painting.
Post Type: Traditional Art
Mixed Media: None Oil paint

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