Thursday, March 25, 2010

Villa St. Benedict

These wonderful paintings grace the foyer of Villa St. Benedict in Lisle, Ill., a former girl's school and convent. The building is now an assisted living center my grandmother calls home. They take excellent care of the woman who gave me my wanderlust.

Now that the weather is warming up, I can bike there in a half-hour, and plan to do so as often as possible.

The paintings are by a Mr. Malinovich of Chicago. The Yugoslavian native had academic training in church decorations.

From left to right are:

  • King Wenceslaus (you hear about him every Christmas) distributing food to the needy.

  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus. His heart, apparently, is the patron of the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery.

  • The last meeting of St. Scholastica and St. Benedict.

There are a trio of similar paintings on the other side of the foyer. Next time!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dave,
    I work in Public Relations at Villa St Benedict. I just came across your blog and really enjoyed all the information you posted about the beautiful painting in the Benedale Center foyer. We certainly have a lot of history here, as you pointed out.
    Thank you for speaking so highly of us. We enjoy having your grandmother as a resident. Glad to hear that you come by so often to visit. I'm sure you make your grandmother proud!
    -Judi Strong