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Dom and his Mom

from the Angels & Icons Art Series

Over the last few months I have been painting various icons with Saints from various christian faiths. The first requirement is that there is a bizarre or highly unusual story surrounding the Saint. The second requirement is that the icons break from tradition.

This is the story of one of the Saint Dominics (there are a lot of saints with the same names.) He is typically known as the person who started the Order of Preachers also known as the Dominican order but that's not so unusual. He was chosen for this series because it is said that his mother, Blessed Juana of Aza (a/k/a Joan of Aza) prayed to Saint Dominic of Silos who is the patron saint of pregnant women (he is also the patron saint against rabies; against rabid dogs; against insects; captives; prisoners; shepherds.)

Saint Dominic and his mother Blessed Juana of Aza (aka Joan of Aza) hand-painted wooden icon by artist Amy Adams aka amyincluj

According to the Golden Legend when she was pregnant with Dominic she had a dream of a dog leaping from her womb with a torch in its mouth. The torch was a symbol that he would spread 'light' around the world.

Detail of the dog with torch in his mouth and Juana of Aza - from the hand painted wooden icon of Saint Dominic and Blessed Juana of Aza by artist Amy Adams aka amyincluj

Detail from the icon of the dog with a flaming torch

He is the first saint in the series that is not recognised by the majority of Christian religions that recognize saints. He is recognised by the Anglican church, Lutheranism, and Roman Catholicism.

Saint Dominic de Guzman was canonised by Pope Gregory IX on July 13th, 1234. He is the patron saint of astronomers, the Dominican Republic, falsely accused people and scientists. Here I have chosen to show him as a boy.

Saint Dominic as a boy - detail from handpainted wooden icon by artist amy adams aka amyincluj

Detail from the icon Dom and his Mom

Blessed Juana of Aza is shown as 'street art' in this work and the image of her is inspired by an image of her from a booklet (missal) that contains the texts used in the Catholic Mass.
image of Bleesed Juana de Aza (Joan of Aza ) from a booklet (missal) that contains the texts used in the Catholic Mass.

Following is another image of Blessed Juana of Aza shown with 2 of her children.

La Beata Juana de Aza - The Blessed Joan of Aza with her children

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