life of the Polish artist, Edward Jarmosiewicz, is marked and determined
by four passions; his family, his homeland, his paintings and his Christian
love of the Virgin Mary. He grew up surrounded by those loves in
a house where for generations strong family ties, Christian beliefs and
artistic talents were helpful in surviving Poland’s tumultuous history.
Jarmosiewicz was born in Poland in 1941 and from his early childhood Jarmosiewicz
was fascinated by paintings of the Virgin Mary, specifically the painting
“Our Lady of Czestochowa.” He painted his first aquarelle copy of
this painting when he was just 6 years old, so strong was his fascination
and admiration for the Mother of Christ. Since then Edward Jarmosiewicz
created several hundred paintings of the Madonna, including many reproductions
of the “Madonna of Jasnagora,” “Our Lady of Koden,” “Madonna of Ostrabrama.”
Edward Jarmosiewicz his paintings and reproductions are a “gate to God”
and an “open window, [a] road leading to God.” He once said, “It
is the mission of each and every icon to bring us closer to our Lord, His
will. If painting doesn’t work that way then it is hollow, dead.
My pictures are like praying, they express my deepest love to the Mother
of Christ.” Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
of Poland, the cardinal of Philadelphia, and many bishops of Catholic Church
have prayed in front of his works. Today his paintings and reproductions
adorn churches and private collections across the world, including the
galleries of the Vatican and many Polish Cultural Centers in the United
States and Canada.
Our Lady Of Guadalupe
painstakingly detailed approach to every reproduction was born out of love
and respect for the old masters. A thorough study of the original
work, including a historical and biographical investigation of every individual
in the original, always preceded the first brush stroke. This often
required several visits to a museum and many hours spent in front of his
future work. Only then would the long process of reproduction begin.
characteristic trait of Jarmosiewicz’s paintings is his loyalty to even
the smallest details of an original. This almost photographic accuracy
made his copies so extraordinary and is enriched by his deep Christian
beliefs and his love for the Madonna. Edward Jarmosiewicz’s Christian
beliefs, his passions and his love are always present and visible in his
paintings, regardless whether one considers Rafael’s “Madonna,” St. Luke’s
“Mother of Christ,” an old Russian icon or historical battle scenes from
works by the Polish master, Jan Matejko.
Our Lady Of Czestochowa
of Christ’s Mother are honored throughout the Catholic world. Amongst
the most sacred icons of the Catholic Church is “Our Lady of Czestochowa,”
also known as the “Black Madonna of Jasnagora”- so named because of the
soot residue that has discolored the painting, caused by centuries of votive
lights and candles burning before it. Jasnagora (Bright Mountain)
is a sacred monastery in southern Poland and is located in the city of
Czestochowa. According to some scholars this picture was painted
by St. Luke the Evangelist, and it was while he was painting that Mary
told him about the life of Jesus, which he later incorporated into his
next time we hear of the painting is in 326 A.D. when St. Helen found it
in Jerusalem and gave it to her son, who had a shrine built for it in Constantinople.
It probably remained there till XIII century and the next time it appears
in historical notes is 1382, when Poles fighting the invading Tartars mentioned
the miraculous assistance of The Black Madonna in winning that war.
Soon after, Polish King Ladislau Jagiello transferred the painting to a
church in Czestochowa, and “Our Lady of Czestochowa” was made Queen and
Protector of Poland.
miraculous events such as spontaneous healings have occurred for centuries
for those making the pilgrimage to Czestochowa to view the portrait.
In describing “Our Lady of Czestochowa,” John Paul II said, “This painting
is a work of art. God’s Providence is using man’s hands, man’s art and
skills to show us the deepest mysteries and the Truth. Our Lord is
working through man’s deeds and these deeds become visible signs of Gods
will”. For over half of century, Edward Jarmosiewicz humbly and with
extraordinary talent has fulfilled Lord’s will.
of Edward Jarmosiewicz by Chris Mielczak