David Mayernik has painted church frescoes and altar paintings on commission, along with work created on his own initiative, exploring the affective power of classical narrative. In the Renaissance tradition, the humanist culture of rhetoric and poetics gives sacred art its narrative structure.
Frame for the Pietà, 2016
The Inspiration of St. Jerome, grisaille
Last Supper, oil sketch on paper, 2015
Transfiguration, bozzetto, 2017
Quid Est Veritas? 2015
Altar painting with reliquary bust of S. Cresci, S. Cresci in Valcava, Tuscany; oil on panel, 2015
Bozzetto for altar painting for S. Cresci, 2014
Crucifixion, S. Cresci in Valcava, Tuscany, 2002
Chapel with frescoes by David Mayernik, S, Cresci in Valcava, Tuscany, 2002-2010
Theological Virtues, bozzetto
Cardinal Virtues, bozzetto
Adoration of the Magi
Miracle of S. Silvestro, oil on paper bozzetto
Civitas Dei, 1990
St. Catherine of Siena, trois crayons
Holy Family, clay model
Balthasar, Mary, and Christ Child, clay model
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Beauty is an essential aspect of the sacred.
Sacred Art is not merely the illustration or documentation of sacred subjects: it aspires to inspire reflection, emulation, and devotion. Like oratory, it is rhetorical, engaging the viewer not only with sacred subjects but sacred meditations. For those reasons, and more, the great tradition of Christian sacred art has not been realist, but classical, or at least idealizing—transcending the ordinary and mundane, expressing both specific moments in biblical or hagiographic narrative and timeless truths.
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