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Sunday, October 21, 2012 | Comments (0) | Permalink
by Kirsten Brown Staff Writer-Times Union VALATIE — Rendering saintliness is no easy task. The Roman Catholic Church has strict guidelines for determining who might be canonized and who might not, but there is no such handbook for an artist deciding what such a saint should look like.  Valatie artist Robert Francis Whelan was tapped to paint the official portrait of St. Marianne Cope, who will be canonized on Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, for the National Museum of Catholic Art & Library in Washington, D.C. After tracking down photographs and some of her belongings at a shrine dedicated to Cope in Syracuse, Whelan was met with his first challenge: What kind of expression should he give her? What kind of expression is even appropriate for a saint?  FULL ARTICLE
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