Category: Holy Stories

Easter: the Three Marys at the Tomb
12 April 2020   |    Holy Stories

It is finally Easter! We celebrate the occasion with this delightful illumination depicting the meeting between the Three Marys, the followers of Jesus who had gone visit the by then empty tomb, and the Angel…

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Good Friday: the Burial of the Body
10 April 2020   |    Holy Stories

We continue the Easter Triduum by moving on to Good Friday. As the "apex" day of the Passion, the iconography of Good Friday is among the richest in scenes, events, and characters. In addition to…

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Maundy Thursday: the Last Supper
9 April 2020   |    Holy Stories

Maundy Thursday: for Christianity, this day marks the beginning of the so-called Paschal Triduum, the period of three days leading to Easter and thus recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This illumination portrays the…

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Saint Francis
4 October 2019   |    Holy Stories

October 4 is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints of all time and - among many more - patron saint of animals, the environment, Italy, the city…

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The Universal Man
2 May 2019   |    FoliaFocus

May 2, 1519: on this day, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci died at 67 in Château du Clos Lucé, a castle in the city of Amboise, France. As one of the most popular and…

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Easter: the Resurrection
20 April 2019   |    Holy Stories

It is finally Easter! We celebrate the occasion with this incredibly lavish illuminated initial from a late 15th-century (or early 16th-century) Gradual made for the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. The grand illumination,…

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Annunciation
25 March 2019   |    Holy Stories

The Church celebrates today the feast of the Annunciation (also known as Lady Day), meaning the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of the…

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All Saints
1 November 2018   |    Holy Stories

Today Folia celebrates the Feast of All Saints (or All Saints' Day) with an illumination from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, showing all Saints in Paradise.The origins of this celebration go back…

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