The Dominican Family under Mary’s Mantle
Giclée print of a watercolor painting by Thoma Swanson, op.
Mary holds open her mantle at the request of Dominic who has been
looking all over heaven for his brothers and sisters. He finds that
Mary is sheltering the whole Dominican family, old and new. Dominic
has made his way to Mary’s left,praying his rosary and carrying
the Gospel of Matthew. Next to him Catherine of Siena ponders her
most recent letter to the pope, while Pius the V, wearing his papal
crown, contemplates the scene. Thomas Aquinas is offering Mary his
Summa Theologica as Albert the Great urges him forward. Below Thomas
is Hyacinth of Poland carrying the Blessed Sacrament.
Next to Pius is an Asian sister, and below her an African friar
who represent the vocations that are God’s gift to those who
carry out Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to all nations.
At the bottom right, under the mantle, is Jane of Aza, Dominic’s
mother, and accompanying her with his torch, is the famous dog of
her dreams. The sister graduate with her diploma demonstrates the
continuing dedication of Dominicans to study and learning. At the
front is Margaret of Castillo who attained sanctity as a Dominican
after her parents abandoned her because of her blindness and physical
On the left side of Mary, with the boat, is Vincent of Valverde,
a Spaniard who sailed to Peru as chaplain with the soldiers of the
conquest and heroically tried to save the Indians from the conquerors.
Below him is Rose of Lima with a basket of food for the poor. Her
Peruvian contemporary, Martin de Porres, is gathering herbal medicines
while his animal friends look on. Below Martin is his friend and
contemporary, Juan Macías, whose burro knows his way through
the tangled streets of Lima to the homes of the poor.
Behind Rose is Fra Angelico holding his palette, and behind him,
those dear friends of Dominic, Diana and Ceclia. The smiling blonde
is a contemporary Dominican sister who somehow got into the back
row. Below them, wearing familiar veils, are two of the foundresses
of American Dominican Congregations. Behind them is Bartolomé
de las Casas protecting the indigenous Americans from their oppressors.
Below him are contemporary members of the Dominican family: a couple
with their baby, and other Dominicans making use of advanced technology
to preach the word of God and to record this heavenly event.
This describes the watercolor painting in De Porres Center, St.
Mary of the Springs, Columbus, Ohio, and the giclée prints
made from this painting.
Prints of this watercolor painting are available
in three sizes: 22 x 30” 19 x 26" and 13 x 22”.
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