St Josephine Bakhita

St Josephine Bakhita


Icon of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of Sudan.

Josephine was born in the southern Sudan region of Darfur.  She was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery, eventually working in Italy as a nanny for a wealthy family. She was introduced to formal religion and came to know the Daughters of Charity of Canossa. She was baptized in 1890 and given the name Josephine. Six years later she entered the Canossian Sisters convent in Schio, Italy.

This is part of the series of religious saints, which derives from a range of sources, including manuscripts, other icons and mosaics. Some icons include 24 carat gold highlights.

Josephine Bakhita is painted in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished. 

This is one of a series of religious saints; see my gallery for other images.

The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").

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