It was a beautiful little mountain church— not in Europe, but the Ozarks, that first introduced me to St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
The catholic church of that name is nestled into the wooded hills of Arkansas was a stop on a visit to see family in the area, and I was captivated by the beautiful garden, the sweet chapel, and the statue of the young woman at the top of the path leading down to it all.
That statue was of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who through fragments of stories I’ve learned was a beautiful and kindhearted princess, born in Hungary and married to a Germanic prince.
Faithful since childhood, young Elizabeth and her betrothed had a loving relationship that led to an increase in both their faiths, and three children.
Elizabeth, as affluent as she was, was determined to spend her time caring for others— especially the sick and poor near where she lived. She built a hospital at the foot of the mountain of her castle– Wartburg Castle in modern-day Germany, and after her husband’s death she devoted herself entirely to caring for the sick and less fortunate.
There are many tales associated with Elizabeth— about her sneaking food, such as bread, out to the poor and when being questioned about it by those who didn’t agree with this practice, the bread she carried turned to roses.
I am happy to share that prints of this painting are now available in my etsy shop! They are professionally printed on linen paper and would make a sweet gift for anyone who admires this popular saint.
To celebrate the completion of this painting and its promise of spring (how I enjoyed painting roses and look forward to blooms again!) I am giving away a FREE PRINT to a lucky winner. All you need to do is comment on THIS POST— tell me why you’d like to have St. Elizabeth in your home!
I would love it too if you shared this post on your facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. and if you do— let me know! Leave an additional comment and increase your chances of winning!
I’ll choose a winner on Thursday February 11. Best of luck!~