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Many thanks to Judy for pointing me to Hempel Studios.

The Virgin Annunciate, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Potomac, MD

Here is a sculptor in conversation with the classical and High Renaissance tradition in Western art, treating sacred subjects without subverting their sacredness or re-interpreting it in political terms. She is the recipient of the the Edward
Fenno Hoffman Prize, awarded to the “young sculptor who strives to uplift the
human spirit through the medium of her art.”

After years of things like this and this, the quiet unselfconsciousness of these images, at home with their context and meaning, comes as a relief. The accompanying meditations are nice, too.

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